Growing Roots: Urban Farming with the Overcomers

For the past few weeks, every day has been Earth Day at the Mission as the Overcomers work hard on the urban farm growing in our parking lot.  As you may know, it is difficult to find “green space” in Center City Philadelphia.  Since we do not have a traditional yard, our Farm is being

Post Lent Reflections

Like many Christians, I chose to participate in Lent this year.  You can read about that decision here.  Instead of giving up my favorite food, I gave up avoiding homeless people when I meet them on my journeys.  I dedicated myself to smiling to everyone, responding when something was said, or offering to buy food

Writing to be Known

More often than you would expect, when guests at the Mission hear that I am “a writer” their expression changes as they explain that they too like to write.  Honestly, it is more accurate to describe myself as “a reader” because I genuinely enjoy reading so much more than I enjoy writing.  So when I have

Top 5 Unexpected Items Sunday Breakfast Always Needs

There are a lot of expectations for what donations are most needed at a large emergency shelter like Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.  Many of these expectations are completely true, eg: nonperishable food items, shirts, hats, blankets, etc. But there are a few things that we always need but seldom receive.  So I am going to

Giving Kindness for Lent

Like many other individuals who grew up in the church, my family sporadically celebrated Lent.  Some years we would dive into the waters of self-sacrifice with both feet while other years we would stick a toe in and realize that the water was very cold!   Lent is held for the forty days (Sundays not included)

Upcycle a Life

Have you ever experimented with upcycling?  Or do you even know what it is?  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to upcycle means to “Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.” Don’t worry, I am not going try to convince you to start upcycling.  Instead, I want