We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. –Mother Teresa
A God Sighting
Every Sunday at Church for the Highlands, there is a segment during the service called “God sightings.” The congregation is asked to recount any event during the previous week where they felt that they encountered or bore witness to the work of God. I believe that no matter what your religious tradition or how you define God, last Saturday during our first “10 and 2” event God was, in fact, sighted! I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support, resources, time and energy put forth by those involved. I see so much good in our community; yet, I confess I didn’t always recognize it. I use to fantasize about moving to some magical, mythical place where everyone would be like-minded, a Utopia, if you will, filled with people whose only concerns were for others and their community.
We are THAT place!
For those of you that are just hearing about the 10 and 2 Project, let me fill you in. The short version is that I created a face book event in which I asked my friends to join me in spending $10 dollars on basic toiletries for the homeless and to donate 2 hours of their time helping me fill the packets at my tiny apartment in South Highlands. In exchange for this I would provide dinner of course (this form of bribery had worked in the past). Within seconds, thanks to Ben Riggs and my event being shared on Henry Harbor it became necessary to find a larger facility, because of the afore mentioned tiny apartment situation (35 people were coming and over 500 views). Immediately I received a message from a dear friend who asks if I would like to host “10 and 2” at the Highland Center….UM, YES PLEASE!
So last Saturday at 3 pm sharp on the steps of the Highland Center I was greeted by those very “mythical” people that I once believed only existed somewhere else, far, far away. The event was a huge success and we are now able to provide toiletries, pet food/pet items, socks, blankets, first aid items and snack foods to those in need.
So, what’s happening now, you ask? Well, we are partnering with Tim Davis and the Hope House Day Shelter at 762 Austen Place in Shreveport. They are struggling to meet the needs of those who live in the homeless camps around the perimeter of the Oak Land Cemetery. I believe, no I KNOW that the 10 and 2 Project will be able to help provide for those needs.
If you would like to help or would just like more information on the 10 and 2 Project and Hope House please call (318) 946-6156 and leave a detailed message or check out the “10 and 2” Facebook page.