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Churches Are Opening Their Doors to Make Room for Homeless People

ByHasan

Sep 15, 2020
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If you’ve ever had to spend even one night worrying about where you were going to sleep, you have experienced what homeless people feel every single day that they’re without a regular nighttime shelter.

Families and individuals who are homeless can’t always find a warm place to sleep at night if they don’t have friends and family to rely on.

There are certainly some shelters, but many homeless people say that they aren’t safe in shelters. Also, many shelters only accept women and children, so there aren’t as many resources for homeless men as there are for homeless women and their families.

When my wife and I traveled to California a few years ago, we noticed that there were many more homeless people on the streets there than we are accustomed to seeing.

We surmised that it’s likely because the weather in the coastal cities of California is milder, thereby attracting people who may find themselves too often victims of the elements.

One city in California, San Francisco, has more homeless people than there are in most other cities around the country.

Another issue for homelessness in California is that the cost of living is significantly higher than it is in other parts of the country. It can cost a little more than $100,000 per year to live a comfortable life in San Francisco, for example.

That’s a lot of money to make unless you have a degree or significant skills, and many degreed people don’t even make that kind of money.

Many families are just unable to stay in their homes, and in light of what’s going on in our country right now, there are going to be even more homeless people.

One church aims to change that and they’re doing it by letting approximately 225 homeless people sleep in their church building every night. San Francisco’s Gubbio Project has stepped in to help people who have nowhere to go.

Photo credit: Steve Rhodes for The Gubbio Project

Posted by The Gubbio Project on Thursday, June 21, 2018

People who need a place to stay don’t even have to sign anything if all they need is a place to sleep. If they find themselves needing other services, there are people on hand to help them and point them in the direction of resources that can help them. In the video below, you’ll see how these churches are providing the most basic human need for individuals who have nowhere else to turn.


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