Shelter From The Storms Of Life

“Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head”.  So goes the story as told by Matthew in the first gospel (Mt.8:20), and it is repeated again in the gospel according to Luke (Luke 9:58).  Both stories attest to the fact that the most influential individual in Western religious history knew first hand what is was like to be homeless.

The Asheville Buncombe Homeless Initiative has a 10 year plan to eliminate homeless in our community. Quite a challenge and well worth the effort.  Lord, knows we need them. Their website states that 2,000 people experience homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County at any given time during a single year. They also acknowledge the fact that homelessness is a public health and economic problem that can be ended, and that everyone deserves safe and affordable housing. Yes, everyone!

Then we here of the Nonprofit the Pathways to Permanent Housing Program of Homeward Bound.  This non profit placed its 200th person into permanent housing here in Asheville.  This is their calling; to find homes for the homeless. Realizing that it is not only about finding a home for the individual, this organization works to support those who finally find shelter in order to maintain the residence.  According to Jason Sanford who shared this information in the ACT, 90% of the 200 people that Homeward Bound has assisted in finding a home have stayed in that home.  Standards must be met for the clients to receive assistance which also assists them in maintaining dignity and self respect.

At times our culture can become so self righteous as to have the perspective that I pulled myself up by my own bootstraps, why can’t they?  It’s almost as if one solution fits all. Admittedly, life would be much easier this way but it just isn’t so.  So many Americans are literally one or tow paychecks away from being homeless. Thank goodness for Homeward Bound, The Asheville Buncombe Homeless Initiative, along with other like minded organizations and individuals for their commitment and support.

It’s so nice to read about the good that human beings are doing for one another. It keeps hope alive in a world that at times seems so over wrought with problems and madness.  Perhaps Jeshua would have rested easier knowing that others have a place to rest their head.

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