The Human Impact exists to befriend the homeless, bridge the relational gap, and build long-term community.
OUR MISSION & HISTORY.
When we showed up on the streets of South Dallas in 2013, we came to listen and learn. As we listened, we learned that many long-term homeless people's stories of homelessness start with the loss of their support system. Divorce or death of a spouse, child, or loved one create a destabilization.
Our unique response to this destabilization is to come alongside the chronically homeless, becoming a long-term support system in their lives. We choose to love the chronically homeless, a group that is often forgotten and marginalized.
We see dignity, worth, value and most prominently the image of God reflected in our homeless friends. As we love, we get to experience how we are loved by God ... in our messiness and joy, and through our growth.We delight in hearing their stories, building trust, and learning how we can support them as they work towards stability in community.
We are friends, in it with some of society's most marginalized for the long haul, and we consider this work a privilege.
We follow Jesus to "his poor" (Mother Teresa). We see God using his power to defend the cause of the vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed. We want to join him in this work—using our resources, network, and gifts to care for those he loves.
We take the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 to be literal and respond by getting proximate and in relationship with our homeless brothers and sisters:
“I was hungry and you gave me food.
I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
I was naked and you clothed me.
I was sick and you visited me.
I was in prison and you came to me.
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
I believe in God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.