It took him a year to talk to me. Sometimes, he'd grunt in acknowledgment of my presence, but even that was once in a blue moon. His best friend, Mr. B., was one of the first in the neighborhood to embrace me. They sat together every day, on paint pails or old folding chairs in front of an abandoned white building. To get to their spot, I had to jump across a large ditch; Mr. B always said he wished we could trade legs so he could do that, too.Read More
Written by Rachel Nash
One week after Thanksgiving, we had a potluck dinner at Bobby's new apartment. Bobby is a friend who used to live on the streets and about 6 months ago got placed in an apartment in Oak Cliff. It was my first time to visit Bobby since he has been there, and for that matter, it was my first time visiting a homeless friend who was no longer homeless! Needless to say, I had NO idea what to expect.Read More
Three months ago, Roland, a former resident of Tent City, left the streets and moved into his own apartment.
Since then, he has been working different jobs through a day labor office to make ends meet. In his free time, he gives back to his community by creating an outdoor play area made entirely of giant sunflowers.Read More
We met Randy about a month ago. Randy sits with our friend Rowdy. Rowdy doesn’t give out friendship too easily, so we are certain Randy is a good guy.
Not only that, but Randy has a spirit about him that is kind and gentle. We have been drawn to him since we first met him. As we talked to him last week, he shared part of his story with us, and we want to share it with you (with his permission!) ...Read More
You were all a part of the service today. We got to tell our community in South Dallas that they have a community not physically present that loves them. We told them that your care is why we were able to share Williams Chicken in Julie's honor.Read More
The first time I met Julie, she cussed me out. Our friend Steve at Luke's Locker had given us a bag of tennis shoes to pass out on the streets. I wouldn't let Julie take a bag full of them, and she got mad. Next thing I knew, she had grabbed the bag of shoes and taken off down the street.Read More
Edward lived and worked in a residential care home. He spent his days taking care of the elderly and people with disabilities. It's a physically demanding job-- we're talking getting full-grown humans in and out of the shower and helping them take care of business. As you can imagine, these duties (no pun intended) require a kind, patient, and caring person.
A person like Edward.
About a year ago, Edward got sick and was unable to keep up with the physical demands of his job. So he lost it. And because his job was also his home, he lost that, too. That's how Edward found himself homeless.Read More
She's a mama. A mama who was badly beaten by her soon-to-be ex husband. A mama who was brave enough to leave, brave enough to risk, to get help.
Now, she lives at a shelter with her babies. She is their only caretaker; no babysitters are allowed to the shelter to help her. For her safety and the safety of her children, no one can know where they are living. (We cannot even share her real name or the number of children she has.)Read More
Meet Reginald. When we first met, he immediately asked me if we had any reading glasses. It isn't a request we get every day, so we were curious as to why he had such a need.
He told us, "I lost my job not long ago when my company went out of business. That's why I'm homeless."Read More
Eva's apartment building where we will be on Saturday.
On Saturday, January 10, we are moving Eva's furniture into her apartment!
It's amazing: so many of you have jumped in to be a part of furnishing her new place. You have given nearly every item she needs. That's incredible! Between the money donated and items given, all of the essentials are accounted for.Read More
Eva and her husband Allen have been in my life for an eternity. On the streets that translates to about eight months.
There are a lot of things I love about Eva, but probably right at the top is that she is a loving grandmother AND she's tatted up -- two things I previously thought to be mutually exclusive.
The truth is, Eva is a dear and true friend. She has been a fixture in our Bible Study and also in our little neighborhood. Eva's "clean" -- meaning she doesn't drink or do drugs. My child knows her; together, Eva and I have watched my baby change into a little girl.Read More
People getting warm clothes last December!
We are delivering the 170 Coats to the Streets this coming Saturday, December 13.
We are so excited to have raised over $1,000 already! Thank you, thank you to every person who has already given to this cause. We are so grateful!
We have $610 left to go, and our goal is to be fully funded by this Friday, December 12 so that we are able to pay for the coats by the time we deliver them!Read More
Homeless people spend all day outside. Some homeless people spend all day AND all night outside. What does this mean?
There are A LOT of cold men and women in South Dallas right now.Read More
Last Saturday's Street-Side Salon was one of the most special days we've had in South Dallas. That's why we're putting together a video to give a good picture of the day! Until then, we wanted to share some pictures from our morning. Here they are!Read More
On Saturday, November 8, we are holding our next community gathering in South Dallas. After trash pick-up, we asked the homeless community what other needs they have. Their immediate response was, "We need haircuts!"
Of course! It was something we would have never thought about, but it makes so much sense. It is such a basic human need, and one that I take for granted.
So in partnership with some local hairstylists, we are hosting our first "Street-Side Salon" on November 8.Read More
Recently, I have encountered a different kind of language barrier. Jerry, pictured above, has never had the ability to hear. Maybe to the trained ear, his speech and language would pose no barrier. However, his chronic homelessness and inability to gain access to a shelter are proof that a hearing impairment can complicate life on the streets.
For a person without a disability, getting out of homelessness is difficult. For a homeless person with a disability, everything -- from getting an I.D., to finding work, to purchasing a bus pass -- is exacerbated. Adding something in like deafness or paralyzation (which we encounter every single week) complicates overcoming homelessness tenfold.Read More
We gathered on Saturday for the especially fun job of picking up trash!
Before getting started, we had breakfast burritos, bagels, and coffee. We had a good time chatting and catching up for those that had been there before.
Here are the beautiful pictures.Read More
On Saturday, July 26, together, those that are homeless and the non-homeless will gather in South Dallas to pick up the trash on the streets.
This is not meant to be just a service project, but a coming together in community to care for an area of town that is often forgotten.Read More