Outreach to the Homeless: You Can Help

Compassion in Action

by: Peter Schindler, Senior Program Officer, Community West Foundation
Contact The Metanoia Project, St. Paul’s Community Outreach, St. Malachi Center, and Care Alliance Homeless Outreach to make a contribution.

Contact The Metanoia Project, St. Paul’s Community Outreach, St. Malachi Center, and Care Alliance Homeless Outreach to make a contribution. See links in story.

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours one morning with Jim Schlect from Care Alliance and his volunteer partner, Paul Sherlock, as they visited the homeless who were still living in tents, camps, and abandoned buildings during this brutally cold weather. Efforts by Jim and others (with support from the Community West Foundation) had resulted in most of those living outside to seek shelter indoors, but for some, they chose to stay in their “homes” outside. On this particular morning it was in the upper 30s and there was talk of flooding. One man whose tent is on the banks of the river in the Flats spoke of his concern of having his home flooded, just as you or I would be concerned with flooding in our basements. For me it was a truly surreal moment in which the absurdity and injustice of the situation were almost too much to rationally comprehend.

Simply contact the Community West Foundation to make a contribution.

Simply contact the Community West Foundation to make a contribution.

You Can Help, Too

Please put your compassion into action and support one of the many organizations that care for the homeless including

The Metanoia Project

St. Paul’s Community Outreach

St. Malachi Center

Care Alliance Homeless Outreach.

Or simply contact the Community West Foundation, 216-476-7060, and we will be happy to assist you.

 

Offering Assistance to Those in Need

Peter Schindler, Senior Program Officer, Community West Foundation with Michael Sering, Vice President, Housing & Shelter of Lutheran Metropolotin Ministry, Jim Schlecht, Care Alliance and Tim Walters, Executive Director, The Metanoia Project.

Peter Schindler, Senior Program Officer, Community West Foundation with Michael Sering, Vice President, Housing & Shelter of Lutheran Metropolotin Ministry, Jim Schlecht, Care Alliance and Tim Walters, Executive Director, The Metanoia Project.

I met Jim and Paul early in the morning as they pulled into the parking lot at St. Malachi’s in their beat-up van, and literally within seconds they were surrounded by men all talking to Jim at once. Jim knew everyone by name, and gave each one the answer to their questions about appointments and assistance, as well as handing out what was the prized item of the day – socks. Warm dry socks was what everyone wanted, and what Jim provided, along with shoes, water and a variety of other items.

The next few hours were spent tracking people down to make sure they were ok, picking up oxygen for one of the tent-dwellers, tracking down a young man Jim knew was in need of medical attention and taking him to the Care Alliance Clinic at Riverview Towers, stopping to talk to people on the street that Jim recognized and asking what they needed. Whatever it was, I knew that Jim and Paul would take care of it. For me, it was a morning of witnessing compassion in action as real as it gets.

Whatever you do for the least

 

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