Hebrews 13:1-3 (NIV)
1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
I want to Thank God for all the programs that are out there to help those in need. Especially when it’s a program that is set up to help some of our less fortunate homeless brothers and sisters. These programs finds the necessary resources and help to be able to be a blessing to the less fortunate. The First Institutional Baptist Church Feed the homeless program is one of the programs that does such great works by providing a nice warm meal to those in need. Everyone is welcomed to come and Volunteer to feed the Homeless EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT from 5:30pm – 8pm. So if you have some time, Please stop by to the church on the south end of the building and down the stairs. The Church is Located off the SW Corner of 12th Street & Jefferson.
Ever since I was a young boy, I remember the 1st time I saw a homeless Person. I remember looking through my fathers car window as he drove through Downtown Seattle on a cold rainy day. I was 10years old trying to understand why as we were driving, there were people sleeping in the grass in the rain. As I grew older, I started seeing more and more less fortunate individuals who would sometimes ask me for change, food, blankets etc. Whenever I’ve had some extra cash and money I would always give it to someone in need. but as I grew older, a few friends started telling me NOT to give them any money. They started putting it in my mind that some homeless people only spent the money I gave them to buy drugs and Alcohol. Eventually, my giving heart started warring and I found myself starting to view some of my fellow brothers and sisters as below me & stopped giving.
In 2001 after joining my Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. I started participating in our Feed the homeless program at the 1st Institutional Baptist Church with my Frat Brothers. That was the 1st time that I started talking to and understanding that the homeless problem was one that I shouldn’t turn my back on. These were living humans that were living this same life that I was. Being able to talk and connect with them helped changed my heart again and I had to repent for feeling like all of them used the monies given them for Drug & Alcohol abuse. I volunteered with the program every 3rd Friday of the month for over 5 years.
Somewhere along the way I stopped going but I still felt the pain whenever I would run into a homeless brother or sister. Last year, while promoting my CD Mixtape project with @DJAYFreshmaker, we ran into a homeless group of 3 that we sat and talked to for over 2 hours. They told us their story and shared with us just how much they want to be respected as humans and regain their dignities back. They told us about a nice Clean Shower and Fresh clothes helps build their morale. We ended that conversation that day with Jasaund (Dj Freshmaker) Buying each of them a 12pack of Clean Socks as that was one of the MAIN thing they said that they cherished. Writing this now makes me want to start buying packs of socks to keep in the car for the next Homeless brothers and sisters I run into. I hope you can do the same.
Feeding the homeless to me is a way that I can go out and be able to SERVE another person and lift their spirits up with kind words to bring them Joy. As Jesus Washed his disciples feet to show them that Even the Highest can Serve, So shall we never feel like it’s beneath us to Love and Serve our less fortunate ones. I love bringing each person their drinks and utensils. The ladies there love me and always call me back to get seconds.. (Maybe they just want the seconds lol) I Volunteer every 3rd & 4th Friday of the Month at the Church. I want to bring more awareness to this program so that you can come and volunteer as well. YOU ARE ALL WELCOMED to come help ANY Friday that you are free. The CHURCH LOVES having volunteers. The Food is already provided, We prep it and serve it. MEN & WOMEN are encouraged to come through and so are children. Hopefully I will see some of you there, and if not; try changing your views on how you can help another fellow Brother or Sister out. The least you can do is buy a small Pack of Socks to give to someone, Their feet’s will thank you for them.