June 30, 2015
Below is a summary
of June 2015 at SYM.
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June 25, 2015
We love watching our clients succeed! They must want it and they do the work. One summed it all up the other day in prayer time: “Lord, help me to want to help myself get off the streets!”
We know we cannot fix any of their problems, but we know someone who can (Jesus)! We provide encouragement, hope, and lots of love.
In the last 30 days, here are some of our praises for goals accomplished: 38 stability goals, 10 sobriety goals, and 2 faith goals! Wow!
- Two clients cleared legal problems. Unfortunately, even simple tickets for camping or side-walk sitting can turn into disasters once you’re working or housed.
- We had four clients finish up semesters in education at ACC and UT! We are so proud of them! We provide textbooks for clients willing to do with work of seeking financial aid, enrolling, and choosing classes. And we are willing to provide tutoring on Wednesday nights for any client student.
- We’re delighted that two clients have entered case management with organizations off the Drag. It can be so helpful to have a case manager helping to hold you accountable. We do case management “lite” for all our clients but love it when they also take up referrals to other agencies that help.
- One client got his ID. We’re so sorry that IDs are so hard to get in Texas for homeless people. We pray for a more just solution over time.
- One client has gotten transportation. So many of the jobs are not reachable by bus, so this really helps stay employed.
- One client has gotten back on medication and is keeping up the work of taking them daily. It can be such a temptation once you start feeling better to stop.
- We celebrate 14 clients obtaining jobs. A new job usually represents a tough time for clients with lots of new stresses and challenges. Often they quit due to bullying or despair. They are rarely fired.
- Ten clients have moved into housing. Housing is usually a progression from somewhat unstable solutions (couch surfing, paying a little rent for a spare room) to better solutions (a shared apartment, a lease in their name). Few of our clients go into permanent supported housing.
- We had ten clients achieve sobriety milestones. These range from 2 days to many years. We are so happy to see many people reexamining their sobriety desires and needs.
- Two clients have achieved faith goals. One is reconnecting with God, something he never expected to be interesting to him. And another has found a new faith home where he attends regularly.
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June 12, 2015
Facebook is so awesome because we can keep up with clients over time.
Here is one story, from a few years back, we received from a former client.
I wanted to let you know that I made it out alive!! I’ve been doing well for two years now. I’m beyond lucky and blessed, even on a bad day.
I’m going to school for real estate and working in property management (irony for a former street youth, right?). Anywho, tell those who remember me thank you, and thank you to you as well. Your work makes a difference.
Question (Terry): What helped you to make it finally?
Answer (Youth): It was kind of like Forest Gump….I ran and ran and ran, and then I was ready to go home. Guess I am lucky I finally realized everything on my own. I wasn’t ever down a nowhere path though. I was on my own journey of self discovery and am fortunate to have friends that really care and wanted to help me.
Just happy that places like Street Youth Ministry
are there to sustain life
with opportunity and
help to grow.
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June 4, 2015
A supporter sent this quote saying it reminded him
of how SYM raises awareness of the brokenness
on the street, but also the immediate beauty and
all the future possibilities.
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June 2, 2015
Hello, my name is Stephen!
“This summer, the ministry has a great need for volunteers that would like to help us host our “wash night” event. Wash night is when we gather together at our neighborhood’s laundry mat at 24th and San Gabriel (with permission of the business owner).
During this event, our volunteers have an opportunity to help serve our clients in a very meaningful way: by helping them wash their clothes.
On the streets, our clients typically don’t have many opportunities to wear clean clothes as a result of their situation, and having clean laundry makes a really big impact in self esteem. Our volunteers usually like to provide a small meal to our clients while they wait for their clothes to wash, and this is also a great fellowship opportunity to offer prayers.
As I am typing this, we don’t have anyone signed up to help us hold this event for the summer. We are unable to hold this event without help, so let us know if you feel up to it!”
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