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Speaking to the Soul: To Be Known

The desire of each of us to be truly known to someone is not something I would previously have included on a list of basic human needs. But, getting to know individuals who are experiencing homelessness has seriously impacted my perspective.

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Episcopal churches, tiny houses and homelessness

From The Deseret News:

“The Rev. Connie Pearson-Campbell (Episcopal Deacon) calls it a “God moment.” She says divine influence put Ralph Johnson in her path last summer. She’d been at the city offices to learn whether building codes in Bozeman, Montana, allowed for tiny homes, residences generally smaller than 400 square feet. She thought the trendy spaces could fill a gap in the city’s anti-homelessness efforts.

Johnson, an architecture professor at Montana State University, was in meetings about potential student projects. A city […]

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The faces of homelessness today

There are three categories of people in the U.S. at risk of becoming homeless: those over 50, veterans and LGBTQ youth. Let’s take a look a closer look at these groups and the hardships they face.

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In Washington state, a step toward home

The parking lot of St. Anne’s Episcopal in Washougal, Washington, has become a sanctuary of a different sort. The Reverend Jessie Smith, vicar of St. Anne’s, has set in place a program that allows homeless to be able to car camp nights in the church parking lot. Those homeless include Cory Soderberg, interviewed for a story in the The Columbian:

“I’ve been chased out of everything 20 times, and all the cops know me by name,” said Soderberg, who’s been […]

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Is your church helping folks prepare for winter?

St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, under interim dean Rev. Will Mebane, has created a “Garden of Warmth” for people who need gloves, hats, and other cold-weather gear.
What is your church doing to help folks survive through the cold months ahead?

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Trinity, Wall Street and NYC committee building a home for the homeless

The Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) of New York City is building a new and different residential center with the support of Trinity, Wall Street, combining emergency shelter (200 beds) with low-income housing (135 units) and services to create a place that will help residents move out of homelessness and into self-supporting living.

A story in the Anglican News explains:

Many charitable projects set up to tackle homelessness deal either with crisis accommodation, which provides emergency spaces for people who find themselves street […]

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On helping the homeless

In the Magazine this month we’re exploring the role of money in the life of faith and in the life of the church. In this piece, Timothy Dombeck offers his perspective on giving (or not) to the homeless

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