It is impossible not to feel a flood of emotions when seeing the sculpture titled, “Homeless Jesus”, the work of world-renowned Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, now displayed outside the offices of Community West Foundation at 800 Sharon Drive in Westlake.
The sculpture represents Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench covered by a blanket with wounds in his feet.
The thought provoking piece of art is a visual representation of Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew’s words encourage us all to care for the least of our brothers and sisters in need.
Copies of the sculpture have started appearing in cities around the world, and now, the Community West Foundation has “Homeless Jesus” on display outside of its office building as a reminder of what the organization values.
“We want to share this gift with our entire community,” said David T. Dombrowiak, President and CEO, Community West Foundation. “The relevance of “Homeless Jesus” reminds us to show love, care and compassion to our less fortunate neighbors.”
All are invited to take the opportunity and see “Homeless Jesus” at the Community West Foundation campus. There is even space at the end of the bench to sit for a while, to pray and meditate. The Foundation plans to make the sculpture available for area churches to borrow and display for inspiration to their congregations.
About the Community West Foundation
Community West Foundation is a local philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medical care to the most needy in our community, as exemplified by the SocksPlus campaign. Learn more at www.communitywestfoundation.org.