He was known as "Crazy Joe" in Livermore because people thought he was out of his mind. A lot of times he was "too much" even for the homeless community...
We've been serving him for several years, he was always getting into trouble, high on meth and many gave up on him, but not God.
Every time we saw him at our outreach we called him JOSEPH (biblical meaning: To Increase).
We refused to speak death over him. We saw him as a man with a purpose, who has value and whom God can redeem. We cannot tell you of countless prayers we've prayed for him and over him.
Fast forward a couple years and Joseph is now clean and sober, working 2 jobs and his family connections are restored. The BEFORE photo is from early 2019 with our executive director Kristina.
This is why we will NEVER give up on our unsheltered neighbors! We see way too many miracles and we will not stop.
We are so incredibly proud of Joseph and how dedicated he's been to his recovery.
Jesus said: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."
Matthew 25:35-40 ESV
Hello from our volunteers and clients!! We enjoyed a great outreach today, meeting immediate needs and holding a Bible study and prayer.
SO MANY are struggling...We are blessed when people in need come to our outreaches and say: "I now see the light at the end of the tunnel."
That's what our new client Tim said today.
Tim lives in his car and has been feeling isolated and lonely, but now is ready to join our Bible study, find a local church and start rebuilding his life.
We are excited to connect him with our helpful volunteers in the community, help him find a good job and build a support system.
The smallest acts of kindness like gas money, mean so much to those that are holding on by a thread!
If it's on your heart - you can donate toward gas cards here: monthlymiracles.org/donate
Or mail them to:
5211 Demarcus Blvd #527
Meet a local teacher who lost her position due to standing up for an injustice done toward a student and for exposing corruption in the educational system. Justice was served in court, but Shannon was left with no job. She is currently fighting a misdemeanor in court which should be resolved in the next month.
(Shannon in the photo with our exec. director Kristina)
We are helping Shannon get back on her feet - she is starting work at a local restaurant this week, and we are covering her temporary stay in a hotel. We do not want her to be vulnerable out in the street. There are no shelters with availability in our area.
Shannon is a certified teacher in California, Hawaii and Arizona, and has been a swim instructor with the American Red Cross for 33 years.
She can provide swim and lifeguard lessons.
She is qualified and wishes to offer tutoring services: basic level reading, writing, art classes, science, and history K-5th grade.
She also has experience helping 6-12th grade students with learning disabilities.
We are working toward helping Shannon get back on her feet, and moving her into an in-law unit or studio apartment so she can rebuild her life.
If you'd like to help, please email us! Feel free to share this with anyone who could help her with a job, need tutoring services, or can help with renting a place to stay.
Shannon is very open about her story and wants to start over and help others in the process.
Kelly has been doing great as a single mom of a teenage boy. She has recovered from addiction, working at a stable job, taking all the steps in the right direction...but everything she earned would be spent on living expenses which kept her and her son stuck in the desperation and ditch of homelessness...
Thanks to our donors, Kelly and her son received their miracle and were able to usher in 2022 in their own home! After navigating hotels for many months and struggling to stay afloat, they are now safe and sound and self-sustainable!
Our volunteer Chris (in photo with Kelly) finished up furnishing their place with needed items to make this apartment a home!
Shout out to our volunteer Doug who prepared delicious breakfast burritos for our homeless outreach this week! Our clients like Steve, are always so grateful for hot delicious food and fellowship