Ministry with the Homeless

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Ministry with the Homeless

Every weekday, Arlington Temple provides a food basket for the homeless in our community—serving 300 people a month! Many of our neighbors drop our Fellowship Hall on weekdays for soup or a light meal from our basket. On Wednesdays, we also provide Biblical “bread for the journey” - a morning Bible study along with coffee and bagels or muffins. This service fulfills Christ’s command to feed the hungry and become God’s hands and feet to the poor among us. If you desire to contribute to this ministry, we welcome donations of food or checks written to ATUMC with “Compassion Fund” on the notation line.

Our relationships with our homeless neighbors extend to praying with them, helping connect them with organizations such as the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, and offering support as they take steps to find apartments, jobs, and hope.

Arlington Temple UMC partners with the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) by providing office space for their Rosslyn outreach worker. ASPAN provides counseling and support for the homeless to connect them with job and housing opportunities, as well as assistance navigating the social service network in Arlington. They also provide food, shower facilities, storage facilities and more. If you would like to volunteer with A-SPAN, contact their volunteer coordinator Amanda Mark at amark@a-span.org. We do have periodic needs for household items when our homeless friend successfully work with ASPAN to move into housing. If you have donations in good condition that might be of use, contact Divine in the church office.