Circle City Relief exists to reveal Jesus Christ to a struggling world through engagement, the provision of resources and evangelism and last week was no different as we were able to engage with a number of people in deep dive conversations that enabled us to come alongside and provide tangible resources depending on the situation they found themselves in. We were also able to pray with them and encourage them in their current walk with Jesus Christ. Here are a few of their stories.
Meet Mr. Clark
Mr. Clark came to us because of a close friend of his told him about CCR. He just got out of prison and is looking for employment. We were able to have a brief conversation about his situation and provide employment resources to a couple of places that are doing a great job of getting people who are reentering opportunities to work. We also strongly encouraged him to go to Brookside Community Church's reentry program on Monday and Wednesdays to see how they could help and direct him going forward.
Meet Kate White
Kate came to us with another gentlemen that we assisted. It was her first time at CCR and she had a lot going on. Kathy and Matt engaged with her in conversation and found that she was homeless after being suddenly evicted from the apartment she lived in. She was given her eviction notice three days before rent was due and she didn't know what to do and now finds herself on the streets. At first there wasn't an apparent reason for the eviction but it later came out after we asked her if there was any substance abuse going on and she said yes. We asked if that played a role in her eviction and she didn't say no. There was activity that the landlord didn't approve of and exercised their option to evict. So now we knew she was homeless and fighting and addiction. As the conversation continued we also found that she did not know Jesus Christ as her savior and that she was in extreme denial that she had a real problem. Oh how we would have loved to have more time with her on Sunday. The only thing we pray for is that she come back to CCR next Sunday as she really did not have a phone number to adequately follow up with her. Although seeds were planted, we hope it is watered. Later I did learn that she wrote down a message that we had on our white board about Christ. That was an encouragement to me and a blessing that she even thought to copy it down. Something was stirred!
These are just a few stories from last week. We would love for you to join us at the serving site where God is up to changing lives by using us His followers that want to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. You can do that by signing up to serve or if you aren't one that can make it to the CCR to volunteer donate and help us financially. Programs and resources often come with an initial cost if our friends do not have the finances themselves or insurance to cover costs.
Circle City Relief exists to reveal Jesus Christ to a struggling world through engagement, the provision of resources and evangelism and last week was not different as we were able to engage with a number of people in deep dive conversations that enabled us to come alongside and provide tangible resources depending on the situation they found themselves in. We were also able to pray with them and encourage them in their current walk with Jesus Christ. Here are a few of their stories.
Meet Terry Bright
Terry is a gentlemen that we have known for a few years as he comes almost every Sunday. We spoke to Terry several months ago and directed him to detox and rehab programs in the area. Last Sunday Terry came to us stating that he was ready to take our advice and get into a program. We were excited that Terry made this decision and we were able to get him the information that he needed. We prayed for Terry and his ability to follow through.
Tony is a first time homeless man and a first timer to CCR. A friend recommended him to us. He has been homeless for two weeks and does not know how to navigate the programs for the homeless in the city. We were able to provide him with appropriate resources and direction for the week as well as order him a birth certificate for the affordable housing program. Please pray that Tony find peace in his situation as well as a place he can call home again.
He came out Sunday but did not have an opportunity to talk with Matt because of the people Matt met with took up all of his time. Derrick decided to wait till Monday morning to contact Matt via text stating that he was thinking of Suicide. He had just put his two boys (16 and 18)on the bus for school. They are homeless, living in an abandoned house with no electricity or running water. His wife has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and he has been in and out of prison the majority of his life. He is tired and ready to quit. He texted Matt hoping to meet with him and Matt was able to spend the day with him, talk about the issues he is facing and discuss his relationship with Christ. At the end of the day Derrick was feeling better and had a plan for housing and a way out of the darkness he was in. Please be in prayer for Derrick and for us to continue to come alongside this gentlemen so he can be the father to his boys that he desires to be.
These are just a few stories from last week. We would love for you to join us at the serving site where God is up to changing lives by using us His followers that want to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. You can do that by signing up or if you aren't one that can make it to the CCR to volunteer donate and help us financially. Programs and resources often come with an initial cost if our friends do not have the finances themselves or insurance to cover costs.
Week One Outreach Team for 2018 lead by Hannah. Great job to all!
It was another cold day in Indy albeit warmer than the week prior, but cold nonetheless. More people came to the site so it proved to be a busier first week of the month for a cold day. Several children showed up without proper clothing. A struggling mom with a carload of children arrived to get pizza, soup and were provided hats, gloves and scarves to all that needed them.
With the help of Food Rescue, we were able to provide 2000 items of food which equates to 400 meals and an environmental savings of 250 lbs of CO2e which helps the environment with less of a carbon footprint.
We were able to provide 9 people with resources mostly related to housing. People were either needing housing resources because they feared they might be homeless soon, or they were already homeless and needed information on where they could stay. We were able to assist one couple with a two week hotel stay as they were in the process of being put out of a friends house Sunday afternoon and we had a couple of people ask for rent assistance as they were behind on rent and feared possible eviction. We are working with them to see how we can appropriately assist. Everyone else were given resources to HIP (Homeless Initiative Program), Horizon House (Homeless resource center) or local shelters that are now working under their winter contingency plans. We were also able to assist another individual with at least two months of housing. All in all it was a good first week of outreach for 2018.
Thanks to everyone that came out and we look forward to serving with you again soon. You all definitely lived out Matthew 25!
We will need your help!
Moving is just around the corner. This post will show the three options that we currently have on the table. What we ask of you first is Prayer! And lots of it. We need to know what option to take and only god can answer that. So here are the option and they are not in any particular order.
1. 3625 S Emerson in Beech Grove which was a previous Cash Land building. It has 3000 sq ft of space and two freezers already inside which would keep us from having to actually move our freezers which will cost a minimum $10,000 to move. Quite a savings! The rent is a bit over what our budget will allow. We could sign the lease on this space today if we want but the location is a bit far for our volunteers. Yes! We are thinking of you as well as we decide where to move. It is a 20-25 minute drive to and from the serving site. Let us know your thoughts on this building. Pull it up in maps or mapquest and pray about it. Pray that God reveal if this is where He wants us to be.
2. 2425 Prospect St in Fountain Square which was previously a church. It has approx 3000 sq ft inside of the church and there are to unattached garages that can serve as storage. There is a lot of potential with this space as it is basically a hollow building. A blank canvas if you will. Definitly room to create a kitchen area and have office and some storage space inside. There is a small kitchen already but not commercial. The building provides us the ability to add on. Oh.. this would be a purchase. We are working through the Sagamore Insititute a think tank in Indianapolis that has recently created a fund (Impace fund) that is primarily to assist non-profit organizations in Inday with their community service work to help us purchase the building and create a loan through them. We are a perfect match for this fund and our situation is why it was created in the first place. The impact Circle City Relief is having on the community cannot be lost. Not that it would but they strive to keep good things going. The con is that we only have 30 days from today to get this done. We would like to have our own standalone building that would open up the door to do even more. This location is only 13 minutes away from the serving site and shouldn’t be too much of a burden to drive to and from for our volunteers. Pray for God to reveal if this is where He wants us to be.
3. 1849 E Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive in Fountain Square which is an old IPS school building that the Yeshua Society currently occupy’s. There is about 20,000 sq ft of space that they are not using. They have two schools that meet inside the building. One for at risk youth and another home school. There is another men’s clothing ministry as well. Several offices that we would be able to use as well as two large rooms that would serve as a kitchen and storage / prep rooms. No specifics rent is required so we will be given the ability to rent within our budget means. We are needing to confirm if the freezers will fit in the kitchen space or not. If they don’t then this options falls off of the table. Pray that God reveal if this is where He wants us to be.
Those are our options and one of them is where we will end up. We will more than likely be moving in the next two weeks and will not serve warm pizzas for about two weeks during our move. We will move during the week and will need your help in doing so. Please consider helping us move and tear down things that we have purchased to put in our spaces so we can utilize in the new space and save money. If anyone has a particular expertise with plumbing or electrical let us know we could definitely use your help.
If you prayed please click the “I Prayed” link up top and let us know.
Thanks and God Bless!
It was a real pleasure and honor to receive the Isaiah 58 award for 2017. We thank the Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast for thinking of Circle City Relief in this way. Sandy and I had a great time meeting a lot of people. We sat next to some amazing people on our left and our right including Chuck Lofton. That was cool! I had the opportunity to talk about Circle City Relief and share a story but I shared two :-) As well as prayed for the homeless in Indy. Here is that prayer.
CCR’s Prayer for the homeless 2017
Lord we come before you today with heavy hearts.
Heavy hearts for the many that wake up today without.
Without a place to call their home.
Without food to put on their table.
We ask your generous blessings upon them and the city of Indianapolis.
We ask Lord that you keep them from physical and emotional harm,
and fill their hearts with hope for their future.
We pray that you comfort them as they walk their difficult paths.
Bless the homeless with enough food to sustain them,
With enough warmth to shield them from the elements, with the power to wrestle personal demons and win.
With the will to go on and build their lives again.
May hope touch each homeless heart today. Father fill their spirits and their lives with goodness.
Let the kindness of others bring lasting benefits,
Freedom from addiction, Healing from illness and comfort in their distress, financial blessings, educational opportunities, sustainable employment and open doors Lord.
We pray for organizations and their volunteers that take time out of their busy schedules to make a difference in the lives of others. Let them not grow weary.
We lift up the missions in Indianapolis that are doing amazing work Lord. Bless them tremendously as they look after thousands of men and women each year.
We also ask that you touch the hearts and minds of everyday people Lord and lead them to give generously to outreach organizations and shelters this holiday season so we can not only end this year well but start 2018 on a good note not just to do what we do every day but to expand our reach in the communities we serve.
I know that anyone of us can be physically homeless and many of us are spiritually homeless,
So I ask that you spark our minds to fully accept Jesus Christ and believe in him who is the answer to everything that anyone may be going through including the forgiveness of our sins.
I know Lord that we have asked a lot but we thank you Lord so much for your steadfast love and provision for us all.
It is in Jesus Christ’s Mighty name that we pray.
Not even rain could keep us away from the serving site on Sunday. A check of the forecast upon waking up showed that we would be out of the woods come 12pm, but that proved not to be the case once 12 o'clock rolled around. During the brief another quick check revealed that rain wouldn't end until 3pm. I guess we serve in the rain. We always say regardless of rain, sleet, snow or shine we will be there. We show up because we know that people who show up in these conditions tend to be those in the most need. W also knew that there was going to be opportunity to spread the love of Christ to someone who needed it.
No sooner than we got to the site we made eye contact and she asked "Are you Matt?" I said "Yes Ma'am!" Immediately her eyes started to well up. She was a 50 something year old woman that has found herself wanting to turn her life around from her addiction to alcohol. She told me that she has a new born grand daughter that she knows needs a grand mother that can be a good example to her so has decided that enough is enough. I introduced her to Sandy and they had a wonderfully open conversation about her situation and what got her to this point and it all started with her mom selling her when she was 8 years old. My heart sunk when I learned that. She was homeless and in transition so helped her get into the Simply Divine Transitional Housing where she will go through their recovery program and get her life back together.
She was just one of 4 people we were able to immediately assist with housing and connection to resources while also proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ who is answer to anything we might be facing in life.
Satan used the rain to try to keep us and our team of like mind and hearted volunteers away from the site but God used it to bring those that needed assistance the most to it. We thank everyone who answered God's call and volunteered and we look forward to this Sunday when we will do it all over again. Will you join us! If so, sign up here.
We know...that is a loaded question but one that each one of us needs to explore deeply. How do we even know if we take it serious enough? We are sure that we who call ourselves Christ followers take it serious to a degree, but to what degree is serious, serious enough? I guess we can go on and on with that.
At Circle City Relief it is extremely important that we take our relationship with God serious. One way we measure that is by how we are responding to the needs of others that we engage with at the serving site.
What good is it my my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you say to them. "Go In peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed to for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works. " Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:14-18
Powerful! Amazingly powerful! If that passage doesn't make you think about whether or not you are taking your relationship with God seriously then we don't know what passage will. Taking your relationship with God seriously means putting your faith in Him to work for others. That's what we do at Circle City Relief and we provide a space for you to do that along side of us every Sunday.
We thank the amazing team from Oct 8th that put their faith to work doing for others rather than themselves. We can't do what we do without you!