What Kept This Homeless Man from Changing

#GivingTuesday Special: What Kept This Homeless Man from Changing – And How One Conversation with a Babysteps Volunteer Broke Him Free   #GivingTuesday Exclusive: Make Change Possible for Seattle’s Homeless! Help us reimburse our volunteers for the ‘Conversations with a Meal’ they have with homeless people. Give $18.49 a month, and we’ll multiply the number…

Don’t Kill Your Landlord

Our Homeless Friends and Their Stories Marty’s Baby Step: Don’t Kill Your Landlord Peter’s story of his friendship with Marty:   Privacy Note For all stories of Our Homeless Friends, the names have been changed to respect the privacy of the people involved. This is also why we don’t have photos – unless that person…

WARNING: This Article on Homelessness Might Offend You

Seattle City Councilman says ‘Housing First’ is Key to Solving Homelessness. But Is That the Answer? A 4 Questions That Will Challenge Your Beliefs about the Homeless Crisis A It’s ” a common argument – if we just get homeless people into housing, then we’re solving homelessness. And on a surface level, it makes sense. Homeless…

Really, Richard Gere?

$100 Hand-Outs Although the movie Time Out of Mind shows only one man’s narrative, it shines a very accurate light on the lives of many homeless people. Richard Gere was one of the driving forces behind making this movie. He gets it. Then, headlines began talking about Richard being so moved by the making of…

Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind: A Candid Portrayal of Life on the Streets A The movie Time Out of Mind came to Seattle sometime last year. Written and directed by Oren Moverman and starring Richard Gere, this movie paints a genuine picture of life as a homeless person. A Peaceful Mornings: Denied The opening scene shows…

What won’t work – and what WILL

Please enjoy our latest blog written by our Team Leader of Relational Meal Events, Noelle Ferrari:   Every time I interact with a homeless person, I am struck by their broken humanity. Recently, I met two men who were angry.   “Why me?” The first man I met was a Vietnam veteran. He was in…

Let’s talk about the Pharisees

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” ~Matthew 23:23   When giving isn’t…

Homeless People Are Not Animals

Why Don’t You Entertain Me? A few weeks ago one of our volunteers overheard an inappropriate question directed at a homeless person. While probably the most common remark they hear is “Get a job” (or some variation), this statement was a bit different than the norm. This middle-aged man carrying a suitcase was staring down at a…

You could be homeless

“Homeless people are all druggies and alcoholics that can’t hold a job.” Is this true? If it ever was (which, it probably wasn’t ever fully true), it isn’t true anymore. Read this excerpt from The Guardian to meet the new faces of homelessness. Suburbanites are becoming the new face of homelessness “People look at me…

Homeless people don’t need to be grateful

I don’t like green eggs and ham Recently, I was searching the internet looking for a scrambled egg recipe that serves 200 people for one of our Relational Meal Events. Every single recipe I found contained comments about how the eggs turn green in large quantities. Something about the aluminum pans or the amount of…