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Another model for homeless care

I'm learning a lot about treatment of homelessness.
It started at my old church, Lake Avenue Church, where our outreach pastor Andy Bales started a ministry to the homeless of Northwest Pasadena. Later, Andy left and took a job heading up the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. I've kept in touch with Andy because he is such a font of knowledge and he really lives his faith. He also knows alot about homelessness.

I ran into Andy recently at Pacific Life Bible College in San Dimas at a Christian Community Development Conference that many from my church, One Voice Church, in Pasadena also attended. Andy spoke on the topic in a workshop with Amie Quigley, who runs a homeless program at Hollywood First Presbyterian Church. Both were engaging to listen to. Better, they had tips and a philosophy of loving people who are homeless that moved me very much.

After I wrote my newspaper column about them, I got a call from Ted Knoll, the executive directof of the Whittier Area First Day Coalition. It has been around for more than 10 years (it was started by others, used to be called One Stop). Ted's operating philosopy (clink on the link above to read more about Ted and First Day in Whittier) is to allow the homeless to give back to the community. He says it is a partnership with the community. He doesn't believe in out-of-sight, out-of-mind homeless ministries. We are all people. We all need love. And we face similar challenges, some more extreme than others.

I hope this latest "model" from Whittier Area First Day helps those churches and nonprofits wrestling with what they can do to help their fellow human being who may be living on the street. I'd like to keep on learningn about this topic. If you want to reach Ted, give him a shout (or if you want to donate) at 562-945-4304.