Is an abandoned RV dignified housing?
Social Justice Principle – Community and the Common Good.
In a global culture driven by excessive individualism, our tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society — in economics and politics, in law and policy — directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. We believe and strongly advocate that the role of the government and other institutions is to protect human life and human dignity and promote the common good.
Love INC of Metro Tampa advocates boldly for those He loves.
“Today, I spent time with homeless man Jim L, age 77.
Jim is currently squatting illegally in the abandoned RV next door to our home on E. Yukon Street. Jim is a kind and gentle man, harmless and reportedly mostly drug and alcohol free. He has been getting fed through several local churches along 40th street and gave me the names of two pastors as references. He claims to be honest and willing to work. Apparently, he has been living in our neighbor’s RV for almost a month. He receives about $400 / month in social security, and he does odd jobs to make spare cash. He used to have a roommate who became an alcoholic, so he left for the streets, supposedly about four months ago (but I suspect perhaps longer). Jim is pleasant and fairly clear headed, but I am uncertain about his mental status and stability. He has basically nothing and says he has received no formal services. I gave Jim $20, my business card and the address for our homeless ministry partner, the Coffee Shop drop in center, and the name of caseworker Krystal at Gracepoint Wellness. Jim was very grateful for my attention and offer of help, and he has agreed to vacate the RV and move along by Monday morning. I will circle back next week to make sure Jim has vacated, and I am hoping he will make his way either to the Coffee Shop for entry services or will call Love INC for further referrals. Thank you for keeping an eye out for Jim, and please join me in keeping him in our prayers.
Thad is the coordinator of our Portico Workforce Housing Solutions housing program for motivated single, homeless men serious about transforming their lives. Our six-month program with two, three-bedroom homes for six men offers each of them the opportunity to bridge from the street to permanent housing.
Kingdom building: Thad elected to move outside of his comfort zone in his attempt to enter into a relationship with Jim. Thad is offering Jim an option out of his current chaos, to explore community connections beyond his isolation.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsh
Isn’t this what the mobilized church should look like?
mike doyle, vision carrier