Warm Hands Outreach

Artic freeze groups the Nation. Even in California this cold weather caught most of us of guard. That when it began for me to GO.
I got cold and my heart began to break for those living outside and those who go without heat in their homes.
I posted on Facebook and the response was amazing!
People were donating hats, scarves, gloves, hot cocoa, blankets and handwarmers!
This morning with the threat of snow in the central valley,a group of us just took the hot coffee and what we had gathered and hit the streets. People were so grateful and we were blessed by this.
All glory is Gods! How wonderful to see LOVE ONE ANOTHER IN ACTION!

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Hurry Up & Wait

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As I sit here and wait, so many faces, each one with their own story. Some here, like myself us just making it day-to-day. There is homeless, elderly, little children in wheel chairs.
As I hurry up and wait, I notice folks who are glued to their smart phones. I wonder how many people would smile if only they were looking up and engaged with their surroundings.
I can’t judge, I am looking at my smart phone as I type.
I long for the old days of personal communication, at the same time I have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
Just a random thought for today to help me Hurry Up & Wait

We Have A House !

We have a house!

Posted on March 2, 2012 by ally

Someone ask me what I wanted for Christmas, My reply was RUNNING WATER. We were blessed on Christmas Eve with hot and cold and running and draining water! Living in a house and the amenities that living in a home provides is still surreal to me.
I know this is a blessing from God. I try to be humble and not to forget those that are still without housing. My ministry with the homeless continues and has even grown. I am now the Assistant Director at Diamonds In The Rough Homeless Ministry.

The road to sobriety and housing has been wild to say the least! We just surrendered our lives to the care of God and are currently ‘straighting up’ the past mistakes.

Easy?  nope. Rewarding? YUP! We  are taking our stories, experiences and love to share with others. Not that it is the only way out of homelessness, but to offer hope, a ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel. Every homeless person is a child of God, someones son or daughter, mother or father. their stories of their journey is unique. So by taking their circumstances, addressing the basics, showers, IDs,etc. is a beginning to rise out of homelessness. We have to start somewhere.

As I enjoy the basics of electricity, heat, a shower, a bed, the blessing, the love of our Father I am in AWE of His grace.

Sarah

Sarah

Posted on September 27, 2011 by ally

I have to give a shout-out to my wonderful daughter, Sarah. I am a very proud mommy of the young lady she has become! Her heart is bigger than anyone knows, as she helped Jimmy and I all winter while we were in Carson City parked at FFC church in the snow with no electricity and no income. She faithfully came to our financial rescue whenever we needed anything. Like when I went into the hospital, chronic anemia, I required 3 blood transfusions and was severely mal-nourished. She sent money, she works part-time and had her own bills to pay, which includes Jimmy’s and my cell phones! She has insisted to keep my cell phone on with Internet! so that she can make sure her mommy is OK!! That Internet connection is how I made this blog, Mooch http://doingithomeless.com set it up for me, and I began blogging from my phone. Which by the way, my phone can’t spell! So Mooch would fix the errors and so this blog came to life!

Shay Kelley and Shane Patrick, of http://www.project-5050.com  us in Carson. They travel the 50 states in 50 weeks. They encouraged much of my mission today, homeless helping homeless. While they were in Sarah’s area, they got together and Sarah helped make and distribute hygiene bags. I am so proud of her, she did it to help others, not to judge others as her mom is homeless!

I did some terrible things to her while I was using and drinking, I thank God she has forgiven me!

As a mom, my heart fills with pride for what she has done and continues to do for others. As her friend, I am encouraged .

A very special THANK YOU !!! I am blessed to be the mommy of such a wonderful young and beautiful lady, inside and out!!!!

Blessings

 

Mike

Mike

Posted on October 4, 2011 by ally

Mike is homeless, like many. Mike recycles for his income. He rents a space to live in someones yard. That way he and his dog, Tuffy, are safer than being on the streets. Mike comes to our program, Diamonds In The Rough. He comes in very hungry and dirty from his recyclable         gathering.

These are his ‘before and after’ pics.

Mike loves Ice Cream! He says he could eat an entire Gallon in one setting! I believe it! lol

Our church was having a fundraiser, and Mike rode his bike to our church, asked if he could gather up the recyclable. It was nearing the 100′s that day! He gathered  what he could carry, rode his bike to turn them in, then rode back and donated half of the money he received! It was about $4, which really isn’t the point, it’s that Mike rode in the heat of the day, about 4-5 miles each way, to donate to the fundraiser, was inspiring! He so could have used the money himself… But he choose to bring 1/2 of his ‘earnings’ back!

This last Monday, Mike came in (pic above) and was late because Tuffy had broken his chain so Mike had to ride to get him secured before he could join us. He spent his money on a master link for his dog. Mike got the biggest one thinking that would better secure Tuffy. Well, it was to big for the chain. I asked Mike how much he was out, and he replied $3. Funny because all I had on me was $3, which I gave him to get another master link. He was very hungry, I gave him 2 plates of food, which he inhaled! He needed a shower, We found some clothes that kinda fit him, while I washed his. The pants didn’t fit to well, his were in the wash, and another of our homeless friends gave Mike a pair he had just got!! That was so awesome watching others help out others even they are in the same circumstance, homeless.

I had to share a little bit of Mike’s story, which I am learning more of every Monday. maybe to bring more awareness of life on the streets, or maybe to let everyone know of life isn’t easy, but by thinking of others, as Mike clearly does, in every circumstance, you can help others. It isn’t measured by the amount of how you help, just that you do!

Mike will be getting a surprise next Monday, Fran from http://mitzvahcircle.org ! Fran is sending him a note, some new boots (his are so worn and have holes in the sides by his wide feet) and other things! I can’t wait to see his face light up!

I am sure I will be blogging more about Mike as we get to know each other as our paths cross. I firmly believe that God puts people in each others path for a reason, I in Mike’s and Mike’s in mine.  I thank our Father for His grace upon my life, I am blessed to know Mike.

Blessings!

Peace Bag

As I was giving the care packages to our homeless friends today that http://mitzvahcircle.org had sent, I found this peace bag. At first sight I thought “Wow this is a cool bag, our friends were grabbing the shoes, undies, other bags, etc. Something about that bag kept getting my attention. I picked up the bag and when I opened it i noticed the inside tag and my heart was overwhelmed! The label said “Made with love, by Isaac Mitzvah Circle Foundation” His name, is handwritten!!!!  :-)

At that moment, I thought of the love that Isaac had made this for someone he did not know! That thru the Mitzvah Circle Foundation, Fran and her helpers would get it to someone in need. I personally want to say ”THANK YOU ISAAC!”

That’s the kind of love we need in our hearts, to give to all! Fran sent the care box to help me help others, that bag, I kept. Not to deny another of it, but I show and share the story with everyone! It’s not just a ‘bag’ to me, it’s hope, it’s love, kindness, caring, sharing and a reminder that it just takes a little love to put a smile in someone’s heart, that can make their day a bit more joyful!!!

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Eddie

Eddie

Posted on September 6, 2011 by ally

As we were helping at DITR, I went to the ‘trees’ (a designated smoking area) to tell a homeless guy there was ice cream, This guy can eat ice cream !  When I noticed another guy, Eddie, on the ground, basically lying in the 2 inch thick layer of pine needles. I went to Eddie and asked if he needed help. Eddie said, ”Yes mam, I can’t get up.” So I did my best to help him to the logs (where we sit to smoke) Once he was sitting, I noticed he looked like he had had a stroke previously. I asked if he was OK, He said he was. So I sat there, offered him a smoke and began chatting. Eddie said that he had a cane, but others had stolen it. Who would steal a cane from a man who so desperately needed it? Idk, but I offered to try to get him another one. Then I noticed his shoes were untied, and asked if he minded if i tied them for him, so I did and brushed the pine needles off him. My heart broke for this gentleman’s plight on the streets. My struggles became allot less important, as I began to think of his daily life out there!

I went to our director and asked if we had a cane or walker for Eddie.
A lady offer a walker for Eddie, so at the end of the day, Eddie had a walker!!

Whooo-hooo ! Good stuff!!
It breaks my heart, hearing other homeless people stealing ,  for many, it’s life on the streets especially from another homeless guy, one that has extra needs! Idk if they will steal Eddies walker again, but for today, and maybe for tomorrow, he has one. I just feel blessed that I was there to be able to make life a little easier for someone! That is all it takes, A moment of one’s time to help one another, lift another up whether physically, or spiritually. Even a smile can make someone’s day!
As always, it’s one day at a time for us all.
Many blessings!