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Candace and her children


This is the real face of homelessness that is rarely seen. Candace lives in a weekly rate hotel with her four children in Wentzville, Missouri. Even the federal definition of homelessness does not see this […]

Candace and her children

This is the real face of homelessness that is rarely seen. Candace lives in a weekly rate hotel with her four children in Wentzville, Missouri. Even the federal definition of homelessness does not see this family making all the numbers the government publishes on family and child homelessness at best a good guess. The numbers are much, much higher.

Candace had the courage to leave an abusive relationship. Most women stay. But if it wasn’t for the help a kind man helping the unseen homeless families in St Charles County, Candace and all of her children would be literally out on the streets.

All the shelters are full. Hopefully, Candace will find an opening soon. But there are far more homeless families than there is help. This is a real crisis.

In a past life I worked for a church in a neighboring community. There are many churches in this area, as there are lots of churches throughout America. Unfortunately, the average church in this country spends more money talking about impact trying to fill seats then actually doing something to help hurting families in their own community.

As the economy gets worse we must get better. My prayer is that the faith-based community will wake up and stop wasting money and resources trying to fill buildings, and start working with their communities to solve this social crisis.

The church needs to be more like Paul. Not the Paul in the Bible, but the Paul in St Charles County who has become the real hope to so many. Paul is helping homeless families not because he’s trying to get people to go to church or win “souls”, Paul is helping simply because it’s what we all should be doing – helping our neighbors without an agenda.

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  • Lifeiscomplicated

    1 Timothy 6:17-19. Christ calls us to care for the poor, and so did “the Paul in the Bible.” The Biblical “church” is a body of Christian people who love and aim to live life like Christ did. 3 Christians coming together to live a lifestyle of charity and fellowship is much more akin to the Biblical “Church” than what you see in most buldings with a cross on it. However there are many “Churches” that support and give back to the poor like the Bible clearly asks us to do. I’m not a big church guy, but I know what the Bible says concerning the poor. You should too.

  • Babacheemoo

    Amen.

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  • http://www.crossroadsmission.com Pete

    Please contact pete@crossroadsmission.com if you have not found an open shelter yet. Crossroads Rescue Mission is located in Hastings, Nebraska. We have room!

  • mono

    Perhaps http://www.thistlefarms.org/ can help? They are in Nashville and train women who have been in abusive relationships.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y2C4TLWBE3WYWHQ5JNL57ETLO4 Paul Adams

    Thanks for sharing information. I am feeling so sad after knowing that. All homeless people should be provided shelters..
    donate to a charity

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    Really heart touching post and i am feeling so bad after knowing this.

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