Letter: Feed My Sheep speaks out | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Feed My Sheep speaks out

Karen Peppers and FMS Steering Team
New Castle

Feed My Sheep (FMS) works to transform the lives of the homeless by providing education, employment assistance, mental and spiritual awareness, and by offering a family-like environment for people in need. One lost paycheck, one catastrophic event and becoming homeless is a reality for many. Our Programs are designed to work with each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, helping them to find their best path for success. Guests at FMS are encouraged to make the necessary changes in their lives that will make it possible for each person to move from homelessness to a life of independence.

Throughout the year, our day center offers stability in the lives of the less fortunate. It’s a place where guests can plan for the future, search for jobs and receive acceptance. Providing basic needs such as showers, laundry, nutritious meals, phone/mail service and hygiene products is helpful.

However, eliminating homelessness requires someone who is willing to listen and understand an individual’s hopes and the unmet needs that keep them from progressing toward their potential. Our foremost priority, and what our Winter Overnight Program has successfully achieved since its inception in 2005, is the avoidance of a person dying on the mountainside or in their vehicle from hypothermia — as has occurred in our community.

Our Winter Overnight Program provides a critical service. What would you do if a grandmother and her three grandchildren came to your doorstep with no place to go? Would you turn them away or would you do everything you could to help? Our Winter Overnight Program serves men, women and families during the coldest months of the year.

The homeless are real people. Many are veterans, lifelong residents, past business and homeowners. Glenwood is their home, and they are a part of “us.” We have been saddened by their stories and uplifted by their accomplishments. To our many supporters, thanks for praying for us and for believing in this ministry. We invite you to come see for yourself how FMS is transforming the lives of people.

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