Archive for January, 2015

January 29, 2015

Correction From Editor To Post Regarding Celebration

Sometimes we make mistakes. We apologize for our recent error.

We recently placed the wrong caption with the wrong photo in a blog post.

Thanks to the person for bringing this to our attention. We truly appreciate that!

A correction has been made to the post.

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January 29, 2015

Souper Bowl Food for Homeless Street Youth 2015

The big NFL championship has been associated with helping food pantries across this country for some years. Join our fun by donating to help provide great meals for our clients and leave a message indicating which team you want to win Sunday! We’ll keep score and see if your results predict the big outcome! Your donation will fund extras for our lunches over Bible study, prayer circles and check-ins on the street with the 100 individuals we serve weekly. 

Our wonderful volunteers already provide vegetable soup, roasted vegetables and bare sandwiches weekly, so your donations will elevate our meal above the basics:

  • drink flavorings to add a little fun to water,
  • condiments to customize a special sandwich,
  • stew meat for the soup pot,
  • packaged chips for when we’re offering to-go lunches outside.

We also use these funds to purchase supplies for sandwiches when one of our fabulous volunteers isn’t available or when a volunteer wants to help but cost is an issue for them.

For every donation of $5, we can brighten a week of water with drink flavorings. $25 buys individual chip packages for a month of street lunch. $50 purchases lunch meat and cheese for a week of sandwiches.


Street Youth Ministry serves about 100 street youth every week and meets about 350 new clients every year. We provide safe places to obtain basic needs and engage our clients wherever they are in their journey. Together we explore relevant issues including family, physical and mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and life goals. We are faith-based but open to all.  

Half our clients are between 17 and 25; all are homeless. We also provide textbooks for those who go on to college, and we have many doing so! You may learn much more about us by visiting

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January 27, 2015

What Should We Celebrate?

We asked one of our work-from-home volunteers to talk with some of our recovering clients and write an article for the newsletter.

Alexander Kao, from New York, volunteers remotely for Street Youth Ministry (SYM). Here is what Alex shared on the subject of celebration, as seen through the eyes of SYM clients.

One might argue that the greatest celebration of all time will occur when Jesus comes back for a second time. But, I would propose that we need to celebrate small things just as much. The greatest celebration might be when a child got straight A’s. Or, when a baby was born. Or, when a child read his first book.

We could consider celebrating more than what might be considered normal. You have a dad? Celebrate by thanking God. Have a penny? Wear clothes? Celebrate! It is great to celebrate the Advent. However, do not forget that you can celebrate almost everything in life with zeal.

What can other people celebrate? I interviewed David Doyle, a recovering client from SYM, and he has a lot that he can celebrate.  David was homeless. He was living in squats (abandoned sites), the woods, and under bridges for about 5 years. Working with social workers, he got his GED. Then he got a job. Because of what happened to him, he found housing. He applied for financial aid and was accepted to community college. (Supporters of SYM helped provide college textbooks for David.)

Congrats David! We are proud of you.

David did well, making straight A’s. He applied to UT and was accepted.  Now, he has completed at least 111 hours in college towards his degree in Physics!

David can celebrate the positive things that have happened in his life. He’s worked hard to accomplish a lot. However, he can also celebrate the negative things that have happened in his life. He can even celebrate that he was homeless! It’s part of his life and his story.

What’s in your life, your story, that needs to be celebrated?

Blog post author, Alex, is a member of our work-from-home Action Team. You can join the Street Youth Ministry action team at You can view items needed to be done at

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January 25, 2015

Some Sermons

Have you ever felt like the pastor’s sermon was tailor made just for you? If that has ever happened to you, just accept it as communication from God.
Finding Elim

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January 20, 2015

The Bag of Grace

Here are a few things given to us by the Daughters of the King from All Saint’s Episcopal Church.

We gave these items to our clients.

The Daughters of the King gladly accepts prayer requests.  Please visit their web page if you like them to pray for you.

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January 18, 2015

Put Down That Plate

Arnold of Love Thy Neighbor Fund

I read this story back in November of 2014. Have watched it unfold here and there, across the country. Remember that 90 year old man in Florida that got arrested for feeding the homeless? He is known as Chef Arnold.

“In 1991, Arnold P. Abbott created Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc. (LTN) as a loving, living tribute to his beloved late wife Maureen, to continue, on a larger scale, the work they had done together. Its purpose has always been to recycle and preserve the integrity of our most precious natural resource: human beings — Broward County’s more than 10,000 homeless men, women, and children — helping them to help themselves.”

In order for society to find a way to live with poverty, those not in that situation, do all sorts of crazy things.

We make it: 
illegal to sit on the sidewalk (when it’s already illegal to block the sidewalk), 
illegal to sleep in the open, and 
illegal to beg, etc. 

Jesus said, “You’ll always have the poor.Matthew 26:11

Maybe we should embrace that and discover that the poor can be a big blessing and even an asset? Maybe we could even empower them to do helpful, ennobling things while they are poor? 

Don’t get me wrong, everyone in a neighborhood should be able to be safe. Illegal actions, and seriously infringing on one’s ability to enjoy property and personal right, should be illegal no matter who you are. 

But we don’t have to make laws against being impoverished.

A 90-Year-Old and Two Reverends Cited for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.
At least four police cruisers and a half dozen uniformed cops were ready and waiting for Love Thy Neighbor when the group showed up at its spot adjacent to Stranahan Park as it does every Sunday at 1pm, in a white van armed with trays of hot food. The group’s 90-year old founder, Arnold Abbot, previously had announced that Ft. Lauderdale’s new ordinance would not deter him from sharing food as he’s done for the past 23 years.

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January 15, 2015

Food Recovery Saturday Volunteers

Food Recovery Driver

Each Saturday we pickup food to be used in the ministry during the week from the South Wheatsville Co-op grocery store. Because there is some training required we ask that you sign-up for at least 4 weeks. The food can be transported in a pickup, SUV or empty trunk of a mid-sized car. The food is delivered to the basement of the Congregational Church.

Food Recovery Helper

 Each Saturday we gather in the kitchen of a church on the Drag to process about 150 pounds of food donated by Wheatsville Co-op from their composting program. It’s a fun time filled with chopping, chatting and listening to music, all the while providing some of the healthiest and freshest food our clients will eat all week! We need about 6 people to help unload the truck, sort the produce, chop fruits and veggies, cook simple preparations (soups, casseroles, salads), package the finished food and load it into our refrigerators/ freezer, and help with cleanup. Clients eat this food throughout the week. This is a fun and relaxing time! This is a great small group activity, too! 

Food Recovery Co-Leader

You will be a co-leader at our Food Recovery event. You’ll greet the group, get them sorting, make sure they are all signed in, watch the time so we start clean-up on time, and help debrief the group when it’s done. You’ll co-lead with Terry at least twice before co-leading with another co-leader.

Want the same job every week?

Contact us. We can sign you up automatically.

What if you’re not sure?

We do spend time filling critical spots 1 and 2 weeks ahead of time, so by signing up in advance, you really help us be more efficient with our time! We understand plans change and are very happy to cancel 48 hours before the event, so please sign-up if you want to attend.

Need to cancel?

Just email us within 48 hours of the event. We ask that you find a substitute within 48 hours to help us out.

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January 13, 2015


Sweetness from The Book of Proverbs.

Let’s apply the verse from Proverbs in our lives by speaking kind, considerate words to our friends, or strangers, or our family members. Whoever you come across in your daily life.

Darrell Creswell – A Study of Christian Grace

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January 11, 2015


Copyright © 2011 The Zondervan Corporation

You might have seen the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) bracelets, or some other item with those initials displayed? 

Ever wondered, what would Jesus say because he cannot say WWJD since the J stands for Jesus?
Reverend Fun cartoon has an idea.
What Would I Do.

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January 9, 2015

Quick Update 1/9/2015

This week, SYM served 38 people with hot chocolate, hot broth, blankets, sweaters, and sleeping bags.

Unfortunately, we’re completely out of coats and gloves. 

Read about our Cold Weather Response here.

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