Take a Risk – 2 Ways You Can Learn How to Talk to a Homeless Person in Downtown Seattle
You learn by doing.
It’s not easy at first. But when you come to a Relational Meal Event to serve food to the homeless and start conversations with them, you’ll be changed forever. You’ll never see yourself the same way, and you’ll never see poverty the same way.
If you want to help a homeless person – just one – it begins with relationship. And the best way to begin a relationship is with food.
If you want to do something that has immediate impact on a homeless person, here are two ways you can take your first step.
1. Come serve at a Saturday Meal Event
You can help serve food to about a hundred homeless people, two times per month.
Ways to help include:
Pray and prepare food beforehand
Serve food on Saturday
Start conversations with a purpose – talk to homeless people as they eat and offer to pray with them
We serve food for two reasons. First, because they’re hungry. But second, we serve food to create an environment for starting conversations and building relationships that can continue in the weeks afterward. Our goal is a homeless ministry that follows up with people and meets with them during the weeks afterward. But it all begins with that meal. And that’s where we need you!
Also, we serve healthy, hearty food that benefits their minds and bodies, not doughnuts, chips, and fried chicken like some groups.
2. Come to a Volunteer Training
If serving food and talking to homeless people sounds a little scary, that’s okay! Talking to anyone you don’t know can be intimidating, homeless or not.
We’ve developed a homeless ministry training course that inspires and equips every person who comes. Even if you never come to a meal event, you’ll be able to use the skills and insights you learn here in other ministry areas. This is the most advanced free training you’ll ever find. It’s so good we’ve gotten requests for our materials from across the country.
Every person who attends this training walks away impressed and empowered.