We praise you, God,
we praise you, for your Name is near;
people tell of your wonderful deeds.
75 is the number of people we were able to help get off the streets and into safe, permanent housing since July 1, 2015. It's a big number for us--something we celebrate because it means 75 people have their own bed to sleep in, their own bathroom to use in privacy, their own kitchen to make nutritious food, and a roof to shelter them from the hot sun, rain, and bugs.
We praise God for our many supporters who make donations, big and small, and keep us in their prayers.
We praise God for our church partners who open their doors to the vulnerable in our community through their food pantries, clothes closets, and warm meal times: Calvary Baptist, Warrior Center, Bethany CRC, Holy Redeemer, The Lord's Church, Rosewood CRC, Journey of Faith, St. Bernard, Salvation Army, Hosanna Chapel, St. Dominic Savio, Bellwood Church, St. George's, Emmanuel, The Journey, and Cityline Church.
We praise God for our partners who collaborate and support us in the field: PATH, Helpline Youth Counseling, Whittier First Day, City of Long Beach Multi-service Center, St. John's Mobile Health Clinic, and Little House.
We praise God for our funders that provide the money to cover a majority of our housing staffing and the financial assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors: United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Gateway Cities Council of Government/Gateway Connections, City of Bellflower, Kaiser Permanente, and The Funder's Collaborative.
We praise God for the volunteers that help out at the weekly meals and food pantries throughout the city. We praise God for the donors who make welcome home baskets for our homeless neighbors who are getting the keys to their own apartment for the first time. We praise God for the volunteers who help us move furniture into the apartment of a newly housed neighbor.
We praise God for our local businesses that give us a break or donate their services: Admiral Pest Control, Expert Carpet Care, L&D Plumbing, Nate White, Mulder Electric, Mid-city's Electric, and Property Tax Assistance Co.
We praise God.