Do you want to get out of here?
That was my question to a 40 something woman sitting on the bridge overlooking her camp on the south side of Nashville.
We came to hand out food for the occupants of that camp. They were hungry as they are every day. Instead of feeding themselves with pooled-panhandled money they buy a case of beer to keep their high on.
Today a rout salesman bought the beer as an excuse to catch a buzz in the middle of his day.
I see this frequently - a person from the neighborhood brings booze to homeless hang outs so they can drink... NOT A HELP FOLKS>>>
The lady looked up and saw me and immediately reached up to hug me. As we hugged she pulled me down to sit with her and ask - "would you pray with me?".
I didn't ask as for what or why I just started praying.
I looked into her sad eyes and saw someone lost to the world. We talked and she loves Jesus...
but just could not seem to get out of her situation.
I asked her if she wanted help getting out of the dirt... and was ready to move when she told me "Yes Please Help ME!".
I was ready to get her into a rehab program that would take her in her condition.
I was ready to move heaven and earth to help...
But she didn't say "Yes Please Help ME!"
She looked at me - her arm around m shoulder and mine around hers...
And said "No I just want my computer updated so I can use it."
She did want to talk to her mother so she called her on my phone.
I kept it on speaker to rudely listen in on her conversation.
Her mother was worried and willing to pick her up anywhere anytime...
but she blew her off. Hanging up she started complaining bout her mother always hastening her.
From what I heard her mother was only willing to help and didn't in my opinion say anything other than encourage her to take care of herself.
The pain goes deep for our people on the streets.
They are hungry every day.
They need hugs every day.
We may not be able to cure homelessness but we can show the love of Christ by meeting them where they are - feeding them with love prayer encouragement and food.
Make a sandwich and give it away to day.
We get a "THANK YOU" every once in a while but this one was special.
Last summer I met Larry and his wife. They had just gotten off the streets and into an apartment.
Larry ask me if we could help him out with a mattress because the one he had was sagging in the middle. I said "No Problem" - Because it has been no problem meeting the needs that come to TPN due to people like you who support us. It really is amazing… we have had no need that we could not fill.
Anyway - as you may recall… we put the word out that we needed a mattress.
Immediately Sandy Griffin found a king mattress - we just had to pick it up.
While we were trying to arrange pickup - Larry called and told me that he had gotten some pillow cases and sheets and pillows delivered by UPS. Then he called and said that a complete new bed was delivered - and by week end a new mattress for the bed - comforter and all the FRU FRU stuff that goes to making a bed look nice.
I checked my sources and found that someone had gotten the request for a mattress - and went on line and purchased everything.
Larry and his wife were so grateful.
So I get a call from Larry this week to thank us for our help.
He told me that he has a job - his wife has a job and life is good.
THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT
People helping People.
Larry is off the streets - out of the dirt and doing well.
Thanks to all for your faithfulness and support of those in need.
TPN has been busy.
And we thank you for helping make us busy!
There is an old saying seems to work here.
"No Brag - Just Fact"
Our intent is not to brag about our activity but better let you know how your donations and funds are put to work. Whats more - THIS is what The Project Nashville is all about.
It is only because of you that we are able to put legs to your support.
In the past months we have been able to:
Put 4 men into new clothes upon their release from prison
Supply Two Beds - and furniture for 3 individuals moving off the streets and into housing.
Take a number of men to lunch and dinner at nice restaurants - with the goal of giving them "some normal".
Pay for three men to get into half way houses.
Purchased sleeping bags - tarps and cooking items for outdoor cooking.
Supplied water and hand warmers to camps around Nashville.
Provided food on a weekly basis to one of Nashville's homeless camps.
Handed out 10 monthly buss passes.
Purchased phones for individuals needing to communicate with job.
Donated Micro wave - ironing board - toaster oven to woman getting her new apartment.
Purchased glasses for men in prison.
Spent time with people on the street listening to their stories - loving on them and giving them hope for a better future.
Please pray for those we serve.
This month we ask for prayer for one of our partners :
Men of Valor Prison Ministry. I am honored to be part of this great group.
They are doing a great work with men in and out of prison - changing lives one man at a time.
As always thank you for being a part of TPN.
TPN is soliciting goods for an apartment for a woman recently released from prison.
Please let us know if you have a microwave - pots and pans in good shape - towels - Toaster Oven - Cups - Glasses - and other useful items one would need to start a new life.
Please contact us if you can donate money - or items.
WE PICK UP
Thank you all for your never ending support.
Thank you for sticking with us.
We finally have worked out the kinks on our DONOR button.
Many of you have been telling us that you have tried but the button did not work.
Well - it is now fixed !
Thank you for supporting our efforts.
The needs are many and sometimes overwhelming… but you all have come through time and time again,
Go to www.theprojectnashville.com
or click on this link
The Project Nashville
Here are some need we have from some of our clients.
1 - Two of our Girls have a new apartment and need two beds - chairs - sofa etc.
Please contact JR At TPN
2 - Need clothing for man getting out of prison.
Shoes 10 1/2
IF you have any of these items - clothing new - used furniture -
or can donate funds for us to purchase -
please contact us.
What a great way to start the year - supporting the efforts of Room in the Inn who help thousands of thousands of people with out homes. This race in its third year is supported by hundreds of people and businesses. Thanks to all the hard work that the Nunn Sisters did to make this race a success.
For info on the race go to www.hillyeah5k.com.
Thanks to all www.theprojectnashville.com people who came out to support this cause.
We are helping a man who has served his time and getting out of prison.
He only will have a pair of jeans and a smock.
Please consider helping us get some clothing of this man.
We need the following
1 - Medium shirts
2 - 32/30 pants jeans
3 - coat medium
4 - shoes size 9 - tennis or work boot.
if you can give towards this or purchase and get to us
we would greatly appreciate your help.
The Project Nashville
Activists for homeless - inmates and the poor of this world.