Homelessness

Social Concerns
Larry Magee, paints at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla. McGee started painting as a child in Mississippi but as a homeless person had no place to hang his work or store supplies. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference.

Homeless man finds peace through art ministry

Larry Magee’s paintings have been displayed at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Ferman Center for the Arts at the University of Tampa. Thanks to an art therapy class at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., McGee says he has found his "happy place." Joe Henderson with the Florida Conference reports.
Local Church
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall in Minneapolis, Minn., is filled with donated pillows headed to homeless ministries. Photo courtesy of Lake Harriet United Methodist Church.

700 pillows go to homeless

A fort made up of 700 pillows got people reconnected at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minn. The effort ended with three Federal Express trucks full of pillows headed to homeless ministries. Christa Meland with the Minnesota Conference has the story.
Local Church
The Rev. Ruth Marsh offers a cup of tea to Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said.

Small church transforms lives with day shelter

A United Methodist congregation works with community partners to provide services for the homeless and working poor, from meals and showers to assistance with complicated social programs.
Mission and Ministry
Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver used its parking lot as a safe space community for neighbors experiencing homelessness. Photo courtesy of Colorado Village Collaborative.

Church parking lots double as safe spaces

Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver and several other United Methodist congregations have discovered that inviting people without housing to rest and recharge on church property is a cogent way to put their faith into action.

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