WHO WE ARE
In years past our family would do something for the needy during the holidays. It seemed as though each year what we were doing became more of an obligation and less rewarding. In September 2016 God told me to “go to the source” …. it took me a minute to figure out what that meant. On a cold Saturday in December we left with a truck load of coats and blankets that we had collected we headed downtown Indianapolis, really having no idea where we were going. We prayed for guidance and God took us directly to a camp in downtown Indy.
We pulled up under a bridge and didn’t see anything and was about to leave then I saw a trail. We followed it and was greeted by a big, not so happy, bearded man. I thought he was going to chop us up with a machete! It took a while to gain his trust but I eventually got him to smile – I now get big bear hugs from him every time I see him! That was the beginning of Hearts for the Homeless!
My husband and I both have full time jobs, we operate from the back of an Expedition and a homemade trailer. We cook in our kitchen, we use our rec room for inventory, Facebook as our means of obtaining items needed and my Malibu to pick up donations. Most of our support has come from the small towns of Pittsboro, Lizton, Jamestown, North Salem and Lebanon. I need to give a HUGE thank you to the loving and giving hearts of our little multi-town area for allowing me to do this!
God has given me the ability to work with four things that are passions of my heart – addicts, people who are hurting, abused women and animals. From day one God has taken the reigns and I’m holding on….
Hearts for the Homeless was created to physically, emotionally and spiritually connect directly with those living on the streets. Our aim is to demonstrate God’s love to the hungry, homeless and hurting. Our staff opens their hearts to make each individual feel relevant and loved by talking and most importantly, by listening. Our Goal is to provide a reliable and trustworthy ‘friend’ to veterans, those with financial hardships, mental/health issues, addictions and those who are abused. We aim to demonstrate God’s unfailing love for all lives and to help them realize that all things are possible through Christ.
The Vision of Hearts for the Homeless is to expand across the state of Indiana and to develop partnerships and programs that will help homeless individuals realize that they are important and there is a way out.
Matthew 25:35-40 And the Lord said …. ‘For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe you” Or when did we see You sick, or in prison and come to You?’.
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’