Luke 3:11 Trailer Ministry Reaches Out to the Homeless
The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland in partnership with eight local Churches has launched a new meal and clothing ministry that is serving the homeless and disadvantaged of Cleveland.
The program designed to visit the homeless at their encampments is meant to be more than just a means by which to deliver food and warm clothing. It is intended to be a relationship building opportunity and to demonstrate the love and care of all humanity as Jesus would.
The trailer made its inaugural run on June 27, 2017 with representatives of the six partner churches; Lakewood Calvary, Church of the Saviour, Fields, Garfield Hts., Pearl Road and Pleasant Hills United Methodist Churches. During that evening 145 meals were handed out to residents at Lakeview Terrace ( low income housing facility ) and a nearby homeless encampment. By October 16, 2017 over 1500 meals had been distributed and the initial trailer was worn out. A newer, larger trailer was activated in January of 2018. As of Dec . 31, 2018 over 2500 meals have been served.
The 311 partnership has developed a working relationship with Care Alliance , Trials for Hope and The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless in order to assure that people are treated with compassionately and with dignity.
“While this is a program of The Nehemiah Mission, it is not exclusive to us in terms of its operation. We created the ministry with the specific intent to bring local churches into the mix and encourage additional churches to participate under the leadership of the initial six.” said mission director; Jim Szakacs.
Szakacs explains the formation of the ministry… “The initial concept for this came about as I was preparing an advent sermon based on John the Baptists pronouncement of the coming of Jesus. In Luke 3:10 the crowds asked John; “What do we do now?” His answer in Luke 3:11 was; “ Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” “I was thinking about this portion of scripture while driving to the mission and I passed a concession trailer. The idea of a “pop up” food trailer seemed like a step in the right direction to helping the homeless. As I shared the idea with the mission staff, we became excited over the idea of acquiring a concession trailer and setting it up to “pop up” at the homeless encampments. Knowing we couldn’t pull this off on our own, we began sharing the idea with some of our district churches. Next thing we knew, we had six on board ready to make it happen. It isn’t fancy. It’s an old lemonade trailer that we cleaned up, repaired and painted, but its serving its purpose well.”
To get involved with the 311 Trailer(s) Ministry, call the mission; 216-961-6968 ext 10 or send an email; firstname.lastname@example.org .