‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25: 35-40
We seek to foster face-to-face, heart-to-heart community with young people living on the streets. Our friendships often begin as odd, curious encounters: people who suddenly walk up with socks and smiles. Asking questions and waiting for answers. Patience with long rants or complaints. Lingering, sitting on sidewalks together, and sometimes, once in a while, it becomes not so much us and them, but only us.
Our Wednesday nights are spent walking, lots of walking, listening, encountering God in the kids, each other and ourselves, the boundaries “us,” “them” and God sometimes blurring. Our desire is to embody the presence of Jesus and to encounter the presence of Jesus in unexpected places. Desired skills will include humility, respect, gratitude, learning, community, prayer.
Join one of our weekly walks on Wednesday nights from 6-9 PM to listen, love and pray. For more information about getting involved, contact Tim Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On nights of severely cold weather, Imago Dei hosts an emergency warming shelter in the gym at Central City Campus. This shelter is initiated by the city and operated by Transition Projects when the temperature drops below a certain level.
To learn if/when the shelter will be open, find other warming shelters in the area or access transportation to a shelter, contact 211info by calling 2-1-1 or visit 211info.org.
To learn more about donating needed items and other ways to get involved, visit the Transition Projects website at tprojects.org.