How to Help Your Neighbor
Characterized by a profound spiritual motivation, Hearts for the Homeless has always been passionate about caring for the community. In our decades of operation, we have seen neighbors care for one another with great compassion to provide love, consistency, dependability, friendship, fellowship and most importantly hope. Hope that there is still good in the world. Hope that they, too, can change their life. Hope that there is more to life than what currently causes them to need help.
How Can I Give Hope During COVID-19?
If you are able to make trips to the grocery store during this time, an easy way to help your neighbors at higher risk of infection is to offer to pick up their groceries. If you do not know your neighbors, leave your name and phone number on their front door with a note explaining that you are making a trip to the store within the next few days and are willing to pick things up for them. If they accept, you can leave the groceries on their doorstep.
Many people have decided to use their time at home to practice baking or freshen up their cooking skills. If you find yourself making more food than you can eat, offer wrapped, uneaten dishes to neighbors who are unable to leave their homes during this time. As a great reminder to treat your neighbors with love and respect, May 16th, 2020 is National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day, a chance for you to go above and beyond for your community. Caring for your neighbors can be especially important during this crisis.
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Downtown at the library, Hearts for the Homeless continues to feed our neighbors five nights a week, as well as at the Food Pantry, where the community can get nutritious food Mondays and Fridays. In fact, the pandemic has caused Hearts to minister to more people than ever before. If you are not considered high risk and are able to help, consider volunteering with Hearts or making a donation that will help support our expanded reach during this time of ample need.
May God continue to protect each of you and those you hold close. We pray that this pandemic may leave you and your loved ones untouched and that if it does reach into your life, that you maintain your faith in the Lord, our Creator. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV