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A homeless man recently died here in Anderson.  A friend of a friend.  It hurt to hear that this had happened.  It hurt even more to learn that he likely would be alive had he only been “rescued” hours earlier instead of “discovered” too late.  Unfortunately, homelessness lives in our own back yards.  Whether you see it or not in the course of your daily routes around town, it exists.  You might not recognize it if it doesn’t look like a tattered and tired “street” person sitting in a cardboard box under the viaduct.  Sometimes it takes another form.  Maybe it looks like a young Mother and her child who travels from family member to family member because she has no place to call her own.  Perhaps it’s the guy who sneaks back into work after everyone else leaves, so he will have a place to sleep.  Perhaps it’s someone you’ve passed on the street.  And you never knew.

Anderson University’s Baptist Campus Ministries teamed up with Family Promise to coordinate Homeless For The Homeless, an event to raise awareness and funds for homelessness in Anderson.  Family Promise is an organization committed to reducing homelessness for children and families in Anderson County by uniting local congregations through an Interfaith Hospitality Network to provide shelter, food, and the necessary tools needed for the families to regain their independence. 

The Homeless For The Homeless event began on Friday evening and ended on Saturday morning when Disaster relief of Spartanburg serves breakfast.  Overnight, participants lived the homeless experience…no electronics, no phones, no food.  Some slept indoors because of the rain, but some stayed outdoors as planned.  After all, homeless folks don’t have a choice when it rains.  While there, they took part in informational games on homelessness, fellowshipped with each other and worshipped together.  When “lights out” time came at midnight, it should have become even more real for them.  And quiet.  In their cardboard boxes.  Quiet enough to really think about what it’s like to be homeless and how they can help.  I pray they all had a rewarding experience and that they left in the morning even more fired up to fight homelessness!   afs

**also be sure to visit the Upstate Homeless Coalition’s site for more information on the state of homelessness in the upstate area of SC

09-18-09

participants as they begin to prepare their boxes for the night

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some of the many cardboard box homes for a night

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organizer Russ Bennett and others as they film participants

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participants as they were being filmed forming the word "HOPE"

 04-21-09On April 13th, Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) held it’s 3rd annual Golf Tournament at Thornblade in Greenville.  Perhaps you saw my post about it (below on April 14), or Denton’s  posts on April 14 & 15 at Greenville Daily Photo.  Well, on Sunday night, a sponsor’s party and Auction was held at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill in Anderson.  This event accompanies the golf tournament each year.  Lots of people came out to support Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) by bidding on items that were being sold during both silent and live auctions.  There were dozens and dozens of wonderful auction packages.  I even placed a bid or two and came away a winner of one item.   I’ve got to give a shout out on behalf of AIM to the commitee members for putting many, many hours of time and effort into the planning and implementation of this event.  Also, special thanks to our event sponsors and auction donors for making it possible through financial support and in-kind donations.  Hats off to the band, who was fantastic, and to Sullivans for providing such delicious food and for being such wonderful hosts for our event.  I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and will look forward with anticipation to next years event!   afs

02-16-09

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