For 30 years St. John Center for Homeless Men has been providing shelter, care, and resources in downtown Louisville. St John Center is where homeless men “seek help, find hope and move forward. Since opening their doors in 1987 there have been 1.7 million visits from individuals experiencing homelessness. In 2015, 212 men were moved from homelessness to housing.
But, St John Center does not routinely provide socks, something of critical importance. A homeless person's feet can become wet due to the snow or rain and they have no way of drying their socks, shoes, or their feet. The results of that can cause the skin on their feet can crack and can become infected.
Church member Jenny Ewing recently applied for a wholeness ministry grant to provide 200 pairs of socks to the men at St. John's. When reflecting on the ministry she provided through that grant, Jenny wrote the following:
As a volunteer I have often been struck by how grateful the men are for so many things that we often take for granted. The small things in life like being able to take a shower and having a clean towel to dry off with, or the gift of a tooth brush and razor, a free cup of coffee, being able to be in the warm sanctuary when it raining or freezing outside and being in the cool when it oppressively hot. I know that for one day or maybe more the men had something else to be grateful for, dry warm feet.
I'm here to tell you that your gifts really do matter. They are making a difference. I witnessed it firsthand and they are an on-going testimony to love of Christ- They are the Easter story being told every day. Thank you again for your gifts.
The wholeness grant used to fund this ministry was made possible through your faithful financial support of our church and its ministries and help fund a variety of efforts to make our world a better place. You can find more examples of those efforts or apply for a grant to make the world a better place by clicking here.