The 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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!
The 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
There 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!
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 boutiques 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!