“Incredible outpouring” for the homeless

January 7, 2009

What makes the generosity of said outpouring incredible has come in the form of $21,000 to aid the local homeless community, collected by a Ventura church over the holiday season and celebrated this past weekend.

The funds raised in an effort by Ventura Missionary Church will be split three ways to Project Understanding, Harbor Community Church and the area’s Task Force to End Homelessness, $7,000 each, whose triple aim is in furthering the homeless prevention cause in Ventura County.

Mark Holmen, pastor of the missionary parish, said it’s common policy for his church to forward 10 percent of its monetary donations to homeless prevention; this year, he said, the church took a step further.

“We challenged everyone in our church to buy one less gift and essentially take that money … and donate it to homelessness,” Holmen explained.

The money is hoped to aid establishment of a permanent homeless shelter in Ventura County (none exists currently), and especially to help out the Harbor Church, says Holmen.

That church, whose parishioners are comprised mostly of local homeless people, had been down to just $1,000 in reserves before the fundraiser, according to Holmen.

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One Response to ““Incredible outpouring” for the homeless”

  1. David Scott Says:

    Contrary to popular belief, most homeless did not become so out of choice and not because they are lazy, stupid, or immoral. Many homeless people are victims of abuse in the form of neglect and abandonment by their parents or other caregivers. Some of them are simply victims of life’s tragedies, such as hurricanes, fires, or other catastrophes from which they simply don’t have the resources to recover. I invite you to my website: http://www.FreetheGods.com. There you will find an article on homelessness and pictures I have taken of homeless people. I always give them a dollar or two for the privilege of photographing them. I am often surprised by their cheerfulness and sense of pride. Often, they will show themselves to have some kind of talent. There is a fine line between genius and insanity.

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