Monthly Archives: December 2013

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We gave out our annual “Hoodies for the Homeless” today and had a blast doing it – had a pizza party while we were at it!!!

I shot some video on my cellphone as well:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYUZww2y7T4&feature=youtu.be

There’s something special about seeing the homeless and financially poor wearing our hoodies…there is a certain brotherhood it creates…we are all in this together and we all have each others’ backs!!!!  One big family!!!

We gave out about 100 – stay warm this winter, folks….love ya!!!!

 

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My friends that are in the Early Seekers Outreach Program sent me the following update today…I’m so proud of all they do!!!  We are in desperate need of sandwiches, if there is anything you can do to help it would be greatly appreciated!!!

 

We had another Bright, Brisk ,Beautiful and Blessed Morning in the Lord at KP today!

We passed out many large bags of clothing, socks,sandwiches, coffee, snacks, and lots of love and good cheer. Many were so very grateful for all the blessings and all the prayers you all have donated and offered up for them. The “Early Seekers” who volunteer in this Ministry are also very Grateful for all of you who donate and are such faithful prayer warriors. God Bless you. May you all be continuously blessed and filled with lots of love and Happiness each and every day in the coming New Year. We ran out of sandwiches/lunches very quickly today. We seemed to have had a shortage this week. If anyone has it on their heart to make and donate sandwiches, we could sure use some extras… you can drop them by the church on Fridays and label them Early seekers. We would be so very appreciative.

Some of the homeless ask us for prayer, and below are their Prayer Requests.  Many of our homeless told us today that “we pray for all of you”. How blessed to know that we are on their hearts and in their prayers.  Please pray for one of our faithful donors and wonderful Christian friends ( Lyn ) who suffered a heart attack a few days ago and is in the hospital after undergoing a serious operation of heart blockages yesterday. Praying for a quick recovery.

  • George Stockwell His Step Mom just passed away…. she had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for the family.
  • Also George’s Mom was in a car accident she is doing ok but shaken up and recovering from bruises and aches and pains
  • Louie One of our “Overcomers” died from an OD yesterday. Please pray for the family and all the “Overcomers” who are very shaken and upset from this tragic news.
  • Haji A very polite and great guy,…. Needs a winter jacket so very badly…. he has been asking us for 2 weeks now and we just haven’t had one his size. He needs a 1x or 2x size . also asked for prayers for his son. if anyone has one they no longer need and can donate, we would be so grateful .( Please see Ginny or Jan )
  • Brian This man has been through so much…. has a very hard exterior image… comes across as a tough, don’t mess with me kind of guy but is really a softy inside. He has come so close to coming to pt but just has not yet done so. he accepted Jesus into his heart a couple of years ago, said the sinners prayer with Ginny, as she led him to Christ. and still his eyes fill with tears when ever you tell him Jesus loves him. The enemy is hard at work and would seek to take him down and away from a life of Christ’s leading, but we know that he can’t win. If this man gave his whole life over to Jesus he would be an awesome testimony and an amazing soul winner and soldier of Christ as many of our homeless know him and revere him …… He always stands by and protects and watches over us girls when we are at KP .He makes sure that no one hurts or harms us in any way…. and most know that if they do they will have to answer to him.So we know we are always safe when he is around us.
  • Chenda Spanish-speaking woman…. due to the language barrier I couldn’t understand her prayer request but God knows
  • Esta Spanish-speaker also…God knows
  • Jessica young girl new to the streets this week and last week, God knows
  • Lauren This is the girl who was so badly beaten by her x boyfriend that she was in a coma for 6 months.. he split her head wide open, has a 8-9 inch scar/suture line on her skull. Her hair had to be all shaved off and is just starting to grow back. She said ” I just want my old life back I was never a street person… and I hope To go back to working at the Roger Williams park Zoo. ” She is a sweetheart, didn”t want anything today except to say Hi and asked for prayer.
  • Joseph, Needs a blanket and toiletries
  • Frances Another great friend, as I mentioned last week ,he is also there every week and looks after us and calms the crowds should they get a little rowdy or rambunctious. He loves the Lord and attends LIU service regularly at pt. He has many needs as well…. never really mentions them much but God knows. Pray that God provides him with everything he needs and that he keeps walking in the path and direction that God would have for him.
  • Felicia was supposed to have surgery last week on a blockage in her throat but it got postponed… will be having it soon, she attends pt every Sunday, loves the Lord.
  • Ray for his daughter to stay safe and well.
  • Giovani For his kids
  • Ray needs a lift in his spirits ,he is always there at kp every week always helps us in any way he can. Has things in his past that he is not proud of … and some who know him wont leave him alone about it, and he is ashamed …. but has changed his life over… loves the Lord and wants to move forward leave the past behind and continue to follow Him.
  • Frances also helps us to get the word out for bus schedules…. told us and the homeless that if they use the RIPTA bus to go to church…. that they can take bus # 3 or 20. OR We also have our PT buses that P/U at 8AM (for our Sunday service) at KP, Crossroads, and Prov Rescue, Thank you Frances.
  • Isabella…Needs jeans /slacks size 16
  • Lucy needs sneakers size 9….. a sweet Spanish gal, she kind of had to use hand jesters to communicate her need to me.
  • Walter the sweetest guy…. comes to pt every week, just wanted us to pray that his children would call him . he said he is so lonesome for them.
  • Antonio For Peace and Love, also pray for salvation for our enemies and all the lost. financial blessings for everyone, and for himself as well. Housing for all those who are homeless.
  • Louise needs size 7 ladies underwear (she is an older woman and is as sweet as an angel.)
  • Steve That his Housing comes through and ss check comes in as promised.
  • Mario all the homeless
  • Jason pray he continues to stay on the road of recovery . clean and sober over 6 months now and is using his testimony to help others with addictions.
  • Jacquline, a pretty woman who is new to us at kp… when I asked her if she had a prayer request she said “all I can say is I am just so tired “. and she just broke my heart, cause she did look so tired ! and all I could think of is how is she even surviving out there.
  • Paul for his sister Suzanne and Karen
  • Patrick has a job interview and asks that we pray that he will get hired.
  • Charles needs a job… looking for work so he can get off the streets.
  • Paul lost his mom 14 months ago and is still grieving.
  • Brian God Knows
  • Dunny a man who lived at crossroads… was legally blind and used a walking stick when at kp. He died in his sleep on Christmas Eve.. The homeless who knew him were very saddened and grieving . Please keep them all in your prayers.
  • Malike Hope, ( all I can say is one of the saddest prayer request I write down is when all they ask for is….. ” HOPE”
  • John Housing
  • Nathaniel salvation for the homeless also needs a backpack
  • Paul needs a backpack
  • Bob One of our ES volunteers, healing and quick recovery
  • Barbara M and family God knows
  • Ronny Ginnys son…, healing, and upcoming operation to remove lumps and trach.
  • Many sick with colds ,and flu, many suffering from diseases or afflictions, also those who may have physical ailments of any kind.

Please also pray for the following:

  • Those struggling with alcohol and or drugs….. Addictions to be broken , and lives restored
  • Those who need rehab , counseling and mentoring. May they recognize it and commit to receiving that help.
  • Those who have no family connections…. for reconciliation and healing of hurts…. and the barriers to be broken …
  • The lost and lonely ..the forgotten,…. may they find love, friendship and peace,joy, and happiness .
  • Comfort for all those who have grieving hearts and tear filled eyes
  • Housing for the homeless
  • Financial blessings to those that need
  • Jobs for the unemployed
  • Joy and happiness for the downtrodden
  • Hope renewed for all those who have lost it and can’t find their way back
  • Safe traveling mercies for all those who are away and for safety in our vehicles when traveling on roads in hazardous conditions.
  • All of you who’s need that only God knows of.
  • Abundant Blessings to all of you who provide so much and pray for our precious family at KP

Some of the things that we get the most request for…and are in most need of at this time are :

  • GLOVES!!!!
  • WINTER JACKETS!!!!
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • SANDWICHES!!!!
  • Juice pouches
  • Soda
  • Coffee

 

We also need volunteers who are willing to mentor those who are in need of encouragement and kindness.

We need some Spanish-speaking volunteers also so we can communicate better with our Spanish friends in need.

 

My sister Ginny will be back soon !!!!! Yay !!!! She is traveling back from Tennessee, she had a great Christmas vacation with her son Bobby and family. We missed you greatly these past 2 weeks Gin, can’t wait till you get back!!!

Love and Blessings, Jan, and all the ” Early Seekers”.

 


Hey!  Thanks for checking in!  We received the following email update from the folks who passed out food and clothes to the homeless Downcity this morning:

We had a very Blessed day in the Lord at KP today.

 

We were able to pass out coats and clothing, socks, toiletries and   lunches  etc. Lidia brought clothing and homemade cookies Barbara brought coats and clothing as well. and many were so blessed to have received the much needed items and also the coffee that Chuck and George always faithfully provide as well as all the sandwiches that every one of you provide for them. we ran out of food pretty quickly tho… many hungry among us today. So surprised to see many new faces so sad really to see more and more homeless on the streets of Providence. many looked lost and seemed in  weakened  condition… maybe from an illness, a cold,  or the flu, or maybe just weary from struggling to survive out here in the cold and brutal weather.

 

There was such an unsettling spirit there today many just seemed restless, irritable and, I don’t know just difficult  in some ways.
We love them anyway on good days and bad… .when they are on their best behavior or not.. who can blame them what do they have really? many have even lost their hope. ..Just difficult to see and witness. we pray with them and offer encouragement as best we can, we tell them we love them and  share with them God’s love for them.
It must be a very difficult time of year for them, so many have only the clothes on their backs .   how hard it must be for them   knowing they have nothing to give to their loved ones family and friends.  and many have no family to love on them and share the joy of Christmas with….no one to share…no one to care.

 

The sadness in their faces says it all and it is heart wrenching to witness. We offer and are able to provide these little bits of comfort for the day. Only wish we had the means to erase all the pain and provide  homes  jobs, family restorations, and so much more,  We leave them there  and promise to pray for a better life for them. It is so hard to leave them , and go home…..  your mind and heart repeatedly reminding  you of the sadness of their plight.

 

Please keep them all in your prayers God is able to turn things around  for all of them and I know that if my heart breaks how much more our God for He loves and cares ever much more than we can even imagine, for he is their heavenly Father.
Didn’t get too many prayer requests today…. so busy… and the hustle and bustle is sometimes overwhelming and just difficult to get everyone to share whats on their heart. but we pray for each and every one and God knows all their needs.
Here are they prayer requests the homeless had for us today:

  • Michael     thanks God for everything!
  • Ray     needs pray for his kids family and friends
  • Wayne     has cancer of the lung and has just found that he has heart problems as well
  • Allen     He is there every week, needs so much
  • Kevin   Housing and all his needs
  • Brian    asked for prayer for all the people in New  Town
  • Lilly Andrews  Her children
  • Girl in the pink coat    so very distraught this  morning
  • Katherine      a beautiful woman  said she  needs a home ,lives at the shelter
  • Gary Brooks     3 months clean and sober… Praise God! wants prayer to quit smoking
  • Steven     Head problems…. his wife gave  us  this prayer request speaks broken english so it was hard to  understand her but able to get that she needed us to pray for healing for  his problems in his head
  • Darnell    So grateful  for all the much-needed items  that you all donated and gave to Sharon  for his apartment
  • Ken     God knows
  • Julia    her children, finances  etc
  • Jason  Clean and sober 16 months now. He was on a news segment a few  days ago sharing his story of how  16 months ago he was in the hospital  in a coma  and almost died as he was a victim of taking/buying that  new drug on the street that looks like oxycodone but is like 100 times more  potent and many have died  right here in RI from this drug.  This drug  is still circulating and being sold to  many homeless and addicted  individuals who do not know the dangers of it. jason  said he will be on  the news  again on a special program but I cant remember  what one.  anyway he will share his story. He said that he is  people to  survive after taking it
  • Frances      Comes to pt faithfully and helps us  every week at KP he has many needs as well. protects and brings things under  control when needed.
  • Judy     Walking/limping with a cane… needs healing  in her leg
  • Carl  God Knows
  • Bernard and Lois    God knows
  • Jack  God Knows
  • Gary    said he’s broke and his check was delayed in the  mail. concerned because he borrowed $20 from a friend and wants to pay him back  asap
  • Raymond     Healing, finances  and family
  • Gloria       finances, family
  • Helen    her children, finances
  • Richard  God knows….. He is a great guy loves the Lord and helps us  and protects us and helps to provide a calming spirit to those who are  restless.

Prayer for all our homeless:

  • Addictions to be broken
  • healing for all  in need of physical ailments, disease or afflictions  of any kind
  • restoration and reuniting of families and healing of hurts
  • Housing for the homeless
  • Financial blessings to those that need
  • Jobs for the unemployed
  • Joy  and happiness for the downtrodden
  • Hope  renewed for all those who have lost it  and can’t find  their way back
  • Abundant Blessings to all of you who provide so much and pray  for our precious family at KP
  • comfort  for  grieving hearts

 
Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Please let me know if you would like to donate.  This team needs help with sandwiches, drinks, snacks and hot coffee…they are out there every single Saturday of the year – rain or shine, warm or cold…or, let me know if you’d like to volunteer…


The RI Dream Center had a wonderful opportunity to sit and talk with Matthew Barnett, of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, last year – and he helped us tremendously with support as well as advice for our up-and-coming organization.  Now, it’s time to give back to the Dream Center out in LA.

The city of LA is working towards a law that would prohibit public feeding of the poor in certain sections of the city.  While I do not know the landscape of that city, or the reasons that the public officials are working on this, I do know that their plans will impact and impede the work of the Dream Center out in LA.  Therefore, I ask that you take a look at the request below from Matthew Barnett asking for the city to reconsider; and if it seems right to you, I would ask that you sign the petition.  I hope they can all come to a satisfactory compromise.

I can only imagine how the RI Dream Center would be impacted if we were restricted from feeding and clothing those less fortunate.  Thankfully, we have been very fortunate.  In fact, our city has welcomed us with open arms and I believe it will continue to do so.

So, please take a moment to take a look at the open letter from Matthew Barnett below and sign the petition if you feel led to.

Thanks for your time!!

Los Angeles City Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti: We ask that the Los Angeles City Council retract Motion 13-1238 to restrict non-commercial feeding programs in public rights of way.

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a ban on the public feeding those in need. That means that charities, churches and other organizations that feed those in need could face large fines and even arrest if they are caught feeding the homeless.

If the City of Los Angeles is successful banning public feeding single mothers, young families, veterans, the elderly, homeless, and food insecure individuals that depend on The Dream Center and other agencies to help provide much needed meals and food will go hungry.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Feeding America have previously reported that 1,636,100 people were food insecure in Los Angeles. Included in this number are 643,640 children, 31% of whom are likely ineligible for federal nutrition programs. Although the federal government funds seventeen food assistance programs, 52% of food insecure individuals in Los Angeles County do not qualify under federal guidelines for these nutrition programs.

If the government isn’t feeding the hungry, and won’t allow nonprofit organizations, churches, and compassionate individuals to fill in the gap, what hope do these people have to survive in our city?

As the pastor at The Dream Center, I’ve seen firsthand the difference that we make in feeding those in need. Every month we provide over 36,000 hot meals, groceries to 40,000 people and 1,000,000 pounds of food to relieve hunger. I look into the faces of young mothers every month and I see the relief they have when they know that their child will have something to eat. We are one of many organizations that do this work, because the need is so great.

The last thing our city needs, in the midst of rising homelessness, is to restrict the goodwill of the people. We house hundreds of families and individuals who would otherwise be homeless and have invested millions of dollars to help our community — and not depend upon the government to provide the solution. Please help support this important cause by signing the petition.

http://www.change.org/petitions/los-angeles-city-council-mayor-eric-garcetti-we-ask-that-the-los-angeles-city-council-retract-motion-13-1238-to-restrict-non-commercial-feeding-programs-in-public-rights-of-way?share_id=ElXECuMrsp&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition%20via%20@change


Ok, so we are in the midst of a Winter Weather Advisory right now here in Rhode Island, and I just stumbled upon the following post on one of our volunteer’s Facebook pages.  Take a look at what Sharon and Lidia shared today:

Thank you to all of you who donate to the homeless.  Here is a typical Saturday morning. 
I can not even put words to how cold it was at Kennedy Plaza today!!!! I was so thankful to have a warm home to go to.
I was standing there trying to keep warm when a man came up to me and asked if he could have the thin plastic tablecloth (like the ones you buy for birthday parties) on which we had laid the clothes. It belonged to Ginny, so I asked her. She gladly gave him all. He went on to explain that he sleeps outside and would be using them to put over his blankets so when the snow comes it will protect him and the snow will easily be removed off of him. He asked if we had gloves. We didn’t have anymore so Janet took hers off and gave them to him. It was obvious he felt bad taking them. She reassured him that she had another pair at home. He was so excited. At this point I could feel my heart breaking for this man whose face showed years of life’s abuse. I tried to hold my tears back. Ginny asked him, “how do you do it, how do you survive out here in such cold?” He said he’d been doing it for many years. He also needed blankets. I am going to work on getting him some for next week. so if anyone has any please let me know. I handed him a few sandwiches and watched him as he slowly walked away into the chilling coldness.
As soon as he left I just cried my eyes out and so did Janet and Ginny. A young woman who we see there often hadn’t been around in a while. She came by to say hello. She explained that she had been in a coma for months and then showed us the scar on her skull put here by her abusive boyfriend. He almost killed her. He only got 3 years in jail. All she took was a hot cup of coffee and was on her way. She is always so kind and sweet to us.
A mother and her maybe 5yr old daughter came looking for a coat for herself and extra things for her little girl to keep her warm. I felt awful because I had given all the coats away by the time she came. About 20min. later I heard Chuck say that he had some coats on the truck. I ran to the bus terminal in hopes she may have gone there to keep warm so I could give her a coat. I was over joyed to have found her. She was so excited to have a coat!
A young man, no more than 20yrs old. In need of everything warm, took some sandwiches and a backpack Janet gave him. So young, something about how he looked at me…he was so appreciative. He reached over and gave me a big hug and as he walked away he kept looking back at me as if he was amazed by the help given him. sometimes there are those who take advantage of us and don’t always say kind things even when we are helping them. Today was not one of those days. It was a very emotional day. I share these stories so that all of you who help may be blessed for all the help you give to HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS. I love you all.
We have the best volunteers in the world.  Thanks for sharing your stories, Lidia and Sharon.  Thanks to the whole Early Seekers crew – George, Jan, Ginny, Bob, Lidia, Chuck, Claudia…I’m sure there are other names that escape me right now…and those that donate food and clothes every single week  – forgive me for not mentioning your name but your efforts do not go unnoticed…
I also wanted to say thanks to all my readers and followers for your recent donations.  The holiday season is always tough on the people we serve, and your donations are continuing to make a positive impact in their lives.
If you would like to donate, please visit our PayPal page by clicking here.
You can also send a check to us at the following address:
RI Dream Center
330 Park Ave
Cranston RI 02905
Thanks so much for all your support!!!!
We keep it SIMPLE – Significant Impact in Many People’s Lives Everyday!!!!