During the recent all-church Lent Day of Service, ‘In Christ’s Name,’
STREET CARE KITS
were created as a simple way to provide practical, immediate assistance to a person who finds themselves in a situation of need. The kits include socks, water and snacks, hygiene items, and a list of resources for seeking further ongoing help (from partner agencies in the community).
The church will keep a stock of these kits on hand for those who come to us, and we invite the congregation to take kits to keep with you in your vehicle, because we never know when or where we’ll find a chance to connect with someone for whom just a little care will go a long way.
WHEN YOU GIVE CARE KITS AWAY …
- Don’t be in a hurry. It’s okay to offer the kit out your car window to someone on a street corner or freeway ramp. But a smile and eye contact are ways to slow down an exchange and let the person know that they matter, have been seen, and not ignored.
- Don’t give money. It’s your decision, of course, it is generally best practice to ask if there is another way to meet an immediate need. If you have a care kit on hand you may simply say “I don’t have any money to offer, but I’m wondering if the items in this bag might be helpful to you?”
- Offer a prayer, before you go, or as you go, for the people you encounter. Ask the person if they would like you to pray for them right there.
- Be wise. The majority of men and women we encounter in the community (homeless and otherwise) are not dangerous — they’re people just like you. And we understand that it is always important to exercise your best judgment.
This project from our Outreach Ministry Team will be kept up throughout the year. If you would like to be part of the ongoing work, contact Community Pastor Kevin Howe.
Care Kits can be picked up in the marked cabinet of the Peake Commons Welcome Center.