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God’s Provision

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Each day when I arrive to work at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, I walk through the Learning Center. The room that once occupied a computer lab, study tables, and book shelves, is now in need of major renovations after a flood damaged the space. When I see it, I feel discouraged because I know how important the center is to the Overcomers.
You see, the Learning Center is the heartbeat of the Mission’s long-term Overcomer Program. It’s the place where the men gather for Bible classes with the chaplains, as well as for GED tutoring or resume writing assistance with our dedicated volunteers. The Overcomers used the computer lab to apply for jobs or spend a few solitary moments reading their Bibles at the tables.

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The Learning Center is an essential part of the Overcomer program; it provides the men with the opportunity to acquire some of the basic, professional skills they need to continue onward in their journey. Each time I walk through the center, I think about Overcomers like Tom who want to have a better life. With the learning center out of commission, Tom’s job search was met with some challenges as most applications are filled out electronically.  The Mission’s staff was there to provide guidance and support in order to find ways around this hindrance. After a lengthy  search, Tom recently secured a job at a local restaurant.
“Being patient is good,” Tom said to me with a huge smile on his face. “It’s important to wait on God because it’s worth it. I’m so excited I could jump up and down.”
It is homeless men like Tom, who strive to have a better life, that need the Learning Center and benefit greatly from it. Community organizations, churches, and faithful friends like you, see this and have dedicated more than $12,000 to the Mission’s $35,000 Learning Center renovation project thus far.

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The last few months have been encouraging, as we have witnessed God’s provision shining through what has been a difficult situation. God continues to give us hope through the kindness of friends like you who  care deeply about the homeless men the Mission serves.
You can continue to come alongside the Overcomers and encourage their success, by donating to the Learning Center renovation project! Every dollar guarantees that these men have the resources they need to pursue a better life!

5 Apps to Fight Homelessness

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Guest Blog Post by Hannah DeMarco

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Executive Assistant to the CEO


I might be ever-so-slightly obsessed with my smartphone.

When I’m not busy playing Pokémon Go or scrolling through Instagram, I compulsively whip out my phone to document every moment of my life. And how could I not explore a Snapchat filter or two?

Let’s face it. For many of us, smartphones are second nature.

But what does that have to do with combating homelessness?

While helping our homeless friends may seem much more difficult than tapping a screen, sometimes that’s all it takes to make a difference in someone’s life. So next time you wonder what you can do to help, look no further than the glowing screen in your pocket or purse.

Here are five awesome apps you can use to help the hungry, homeless, and hurting in Philadelphia today, and the best part is, all of these you can access on either your iPhone, Android, or the web!

Donafy

Apps 2Think Pokémon Go – but instead of finding Pokémon, you can discover nearby nonprofits to support. Created by Philadelphian Nikki Johnson-Huston, this handy app allows users to give locally. If you are in Philadelphia, find Sunday Breakfast on Donafy to donate using the app!

Food Connect

As the good Italian I am, I hate the thought of wasting food.  Give me a heaping plate for dinner, and I will be sure to eat ALL of it.  But big events often end with a surplus too big for an Italian to devour. By using Food Connect, you can give away extra food to local shelters.  If you host an event with an abundance of leftovers, log into the app to donate your food to fill the bellies of your hungry homeless neighbors here at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

Twitter

Tweeting isn’t just for the birds.  Stay current with our latest news by following us on Twitter. Tweet @phillyhomeless with any questions or to tell us about an experience you had volunteering with us.

Facebook

Make the endless Facebook scrolling worthwhile.  “Like” us on Facebook to learn more about our story, watch videos, and engage in conversation. This is also a great way to donate and discover who is connected with us!

Instagram

If, like me, you’re a fan of engaging photos, follow us on Instagram. We regularly update our feed with photos of Mission volunteers and guests, including inspiring stories and information on how you can get involved. Fancy yourself a photographer? Tag @phillyhomeless to be a featured advocate for Sunday Breakfast.

It only takes a few clicks to help those surrounding us as we move about the city we love. Make some room on your phone, download these apps, and join a community of advocates with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

5 Ways to Help the Homeless during the DNC

Democratic National CoventionThe national spotlight will be on Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. In an effort to prepare for this high-profile event, city officials are installing additional beds in city shelters and increasing the number of outreach workers on the ground to help the homeless community.

Anytime a prominent event happens in the city, our homeless brothers and sisters seem to be displaced as official’s work to get things in order for the thousands of guests that will flood the region. Most recently, this occurred when all eyes were on the city last fall for the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit. Security barricades and restricted zones, pushed our homeless friends further into the margins, making travel difficult, and finding shelter and food almost impossible.

Despite these hardships, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission was open, and the staff was ready to care for anyone in need that came to our door. Our history of 138 years of service will continue during the DNC as it does every day. We will carry out our mission of helping the hungry, homeless, and hurting in the greater Philadelphia area. During the week of the DNC, we will be hard at work caring for our homeless neighbors and you can too. Here are 5 simple ways you can get involved:

ONE: VOLUNTEER

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission will be open and operate as normal the week of the DNC. We will continue our daily tradition of serving three meals a day. We welcome volunteers to come and lend a helping hand, as our homeless friends share meals with us in our air conditioned building. We could see an increase of guests for meals that week, and could always use the extra help!  If this sounds like a good fit for you then fill out a Volunteer Application here.

TWO: PROVIDE BOTTLED WATER

Although our guests may come share meals with us during the day, some will leave our facility and enter back into the heat. Bottled water will come in handy for the guests who choose to join in on the excitement. Help provide bottled water so our homeless brothers and sisters stay hydrated in the heat. To make a donation contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@sundaybreakfast.org.

THREE: SPREAD THE WORD

If you learn of someone in need of a place to stay during the DNC or any other day of the year, please direct them to the Sunday Breakfast emergency shelter located at the corner of 13th and Vine streets. Beginning at 7 p.m. each night, our men’s emergency shelter will be admitting guests. Our emergency shelter holds 180 beds, and we can make provisions for additional guests should we reach overflow status.

FOUR: PRAY

Every day, Sunday Breakfast staff are in prayer for the safety of our homeless friends. Please join us in prayer for the safety of the city’s homeless community during the convention, as well as our city as a whole. We need to always remember to come together and help one another every day, but especially when our city hosts a big event that may displace some of our homeless neighbors.

FIVE: DONATE 

It’s because of generous supporters like you, that Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission remains in operation 365 days a year. Help support the homeless community in Philadelphia, by ensuring the Mission remains a resource for those in need, regardless of the activities that are happening in our city. Donate today and help change the lives of homeless men, women, and children in the greater Philadelphia region!

Hope in the Heat

WaterThe temperatures are on the rise in Philadelphia, and weather forecasts show that the region will see several 90 degree days! On days like these, I can avoid the heat by spending hours at the pool, staying hydrated with cold glasses of water, and relaxing in the air conditioning. However, that is not the case for many homeless men and women.

Excessively hot days can be miserable for our homeless brothers and sisters who have no place to go. On mornings when I walk to Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, I see homeless individuals seeking shade beneath underpasses or resting underneath the awning of a vacant storefront in an effort to stay cool.

Hot days can be unbearable when I don’t have access to air conditioning, but then I think about how much more miserable it is for homeless men and women who don’t have access to it on a regular basis. For our homeless friends, hot days don’t just offer several hours of temporary uneasiness like they do for me. The heat can bring weeks of discomfort as our homeless neighbors struggle to stay cool and hydrated on the city streets.

Keeping Cool

Because of supporters like you, Sunday Breakfast can be a beacon of hope in the heat this summer. We see an influx of guests seeking shelter in our cool, air conditioned building, while enjoying a satisfying meal and something refreshing to drink. During hot days, the air conditioned dinning room stays open after meals so our guests don’t have to venture out into the hot sun.

Staying Hydrated

Along with staying cool, staying hydrated throughout the day is important for our guests. When our homeless friends come to the Mission they can drink as much water as they want. However, when they choose to leave we don’t always have bottled water to give them before they go. Bottled water is an essential item we need this summer, because our guests can easily transport it, and it guarantees they’ll have something to drink throughout the day.  

Renewing Hope

During my time at Sunday Breakfast, I have learned that it doesn’t take much to impact someone’s life in a significant way. I’ve always wanted to make a difference by helping people in big ways. But in many cases, it is the small things we do that have a lasting impact.

Sunday Breakfast began changing the lives of homeless men in the late 1800’s by offering them bread and cups of coffee. And you and I can continue that Mission of helping our homeless neighbors by blessing them with bottled water in this summer heat.

To learn how you can donate bottled water to the hungry, homeless, and hurting email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@sundaybreakfast.org.

A little really goes a long way!

Share the Love

Share the Love Shoe DriveThere are many things I take for granted and having comfortable shoes to wear every day is one of them. I’ve never really stopped to think about what life would be like with only one pair of shoes –  one pair of shoes to wear in winter and summer, and in the rain and snow. I never thought about the impact this could have on my life, and the impact it has on the lives of those who truly only have one pair of shoes, until I met Ms. Tamara.

Well into her 60s, Tamara is an elderly woman that frequents Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission for meals. Several times a week   she makes her way to the Mission from a nearby women’s shelter using a cane to help her walk. One bitter cold afternoon this January she came to the Mission seeking a hot lunch, a fresh pair of shoes, and clean socks. Thankfully, because of dedicated supporters like you, all three of Tamara’s needs were met.

Tamara was wearing a pair of tattered sneakers with no socks. Her ankles were swollen, and her feet were bruised and dry. I provided her with a decent pair of sneakers, and fresh socks that were generously donated to the Mission. She gave me a friendly smile filled with gratitude and immediately put on her new shoes. When she was ready to go, she allowed me to pray with her before she entered back into the blistering cold. As she made her way down the sidewalk, I was grateful that we could help keep her feet warm and secure.

I have come to learn that footwear is essential for our homeless friends, especially since good, quality shoes aren’t readily available to them. As homeless men and women navigate the streets of Philadelphia throughout the year, their shoes become battered, and new ones are difficult to come by. However, you can ensure that your homeless neighbors have access to decent footwear all year round by participating in the Share the Love Sneaker Drive June 27.

Sunday Breakfast has partnered with our friends at K-LOVE Radio this summer to collect sneakers for the hungry, homeless, and hurting individuals the Mission serves. You can provide our homeless neighbors with comfortable footwear by donating a pair of shoes. Collection bins will be located at these churches throughout the greater Philadelphia area June 27.

Can’t make it to a drop-off location? Don’t worry. Sunday Breakfast always accepts shoe and other donations. At your convenience, you can drop off a donation at the Sunday Breakfast emergency shelter, located at 302 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia; the BeeHive Thrift Store, located at 7136 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia; or the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Thrift Store, located at 71 Bellevue Avenue, Penndel.

I have seen firsthand the impact your kindness has on the lives of our homeless friends. It is when we are able to provide for their immediate needs, that many find the strength to step securely into a renewed life with Christ. You can help make this possible today!

Give Local, Philly!

 

If you’re like me, you are passionate about a lot of things – travel, writing, shopping, education, music, the news, missions, food, family, scrapbooks – the list goes on! However, all my passions seem to lead back to one thing – making a difference!

I love supporting causes that directly impact others. I frequent local fair-trade bouGive Local Philly 2tiques because I know the craftsmen are receiving the money they deserve for their products. I love supporting missionaries doing work locally and abroad because I know they are working to change the lives of those around them by sharing the love of Christ.

Most of all, I love being a part of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. I enjoy sharing a meal with homeless men and women and hearing their story. I also enjoy supporting the organization’s mission of meeting the basic, physical needs of the homeless individuals we serve while encouraging them to live a renewed life.

These are things that I care about and support! So, my question for you is, what are you passionate about?

Are you passionate about helping the homeless man you see sleeping on the street? How about the hungry woman and child who can’t afford a meal? You can turn your passions into actions!

Partner with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission on May 3 as we join the Give Local Philly campaign part of Give Local America, an annual event that encourages passionate people like you and me to financially support the local causes we love!

Make a difference in the lives of the hungry, homeless, and hurting in Philadelphia, by visiting our website May 3 and give a $10 donation. With a $10 donation, you can provide a meal for five homeless individuals at the Mission. It doesn’t cost much to make a difference!

So, join the movement! Give locally this Tuesday and help change the lives of those in need!