Hope South Florida: Responding to the Homeless Crisis

We know homelessness exists. We see it in our communities, we sometimes hear the stories. We pass the homeless at stop lights, we watch them bundle up beneath bridges and overpasses as we drive by. And it pains us, it does. Maybe we say something quietly under our breath, a few words before turning our music up. Maybe we try to rationalize their situation, wonder to ourselves what went wrong and who was to blame. Then, as the day begins to fill itself with our own demands and agendas, we forget. We forget what we saw, the picture of hopelessness that was before us moments earlier. It’s not that we don’t care, because we do. It’s not that we don’t want something differently for the man we saw, hungry, in tattered garb. We do.

The truth is something has gone wrong. We get the feeling things arenot as they should be. Yet the issue remains, this issue of homelessness in our cities. Hope South Florida, a local non-profit, is dedicated to making an impact in the homeless community. They have decided to stop looking away, to stop forgetting what is before us and take steps to create change, to dress the wounds of our neighbors in need. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Hope South Florida is in the thick of it, providing housing through their emergency shelter The Shepherd’s Way, food, and seeking to restore broken families through authentic relationships.

“It takes resources”, says executive director, Robin Martin, who is keen on partnering with churches and local organizations to serve the homeless in South Florida. With an estimated 3,800 homeless people in Broward County alone, there is much work to be done.

“There are tangible needs to be met and we just want to do our part, ” says Martin, who was recently named Non-profit Leader of the Year.

While the issue of homelessness persists in our community, organizations like Hope South Florida are seeing to it that the crisis not go ignored.

To find out more about the work of Hope South Florida, to give, or get involved, visit http://www.hopesouthflorida.org

Twitter: @HopeSFL

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juan