Anawim Christian Community is a community church made up of the homeless and the mentally ill. Our main goal is to provide for people's needs (including the need to be a disciple of Jesus) where they are at. We don't feel that a person needs to be something different before they get the help they need. Our center is in Gresham OR, which is where we lead and organize day shelters and a worship service. We also have a community house in N. Portland where housing is being provided for a few people and opportunities for community worship. We are connected to ministries in SE Portland and St. Johns, where we distribute food and clothing. And finally, through the internet, we educate people from almost every country in the world about homelessness, mental illness and the Christian response to each.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
We have officially opened up our glorious website to everyone!
It’s got cool stories and art!
And… it’s INFORMATIVE!
Go ahead, play it!
Look around our website. Join the fun by registering. Get involved in some conversations. Complain about our spelling.
And most of all…
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
Steve always tells you what he thinks. Be like Steve.
(have you turned on the soundtrack yet? You’re missing out on the fun!)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
There is a smaller ratio of the homeless in St. Johns than elsewhere in Portland. Perhaps 30 to 40 people live on the streets there. At the same time there are almost no services for the homeless there. There is a church who comes once a week to bring sandwiches. But that's all.
Even as we began to help the homeless in East County when there was no one recognizing their existence, Anawim would like to reach out to the homeless in St. Johns. One couple in particular, Tim and Sam Childress has been called by God to serve the homeless there, in their neighborhood. They would like to go out one day a week, give sandwiches and water and socks to the homeless, to meet them, build relationships and to discover their unique needs. We don't know what will come of this, all we know is God's call. The possibilities of obedience to God's call are endless.
If you'd like to support this effort, please contact Sam Childress at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Kimes at: email@example.com
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
- Athletic socks
- Clothes—all sizes, all kinds, especially men’s clothes
- Canned food, all kinds, especially meals in a can (beans, soup, meats, ravioli, chili, etc)
- Toilet paper
- Coffee, coffee creamer, sugar
- Cup o Noodles, Ramen, sliced lunch meat, hot dogs, fresh fruit
- Large quantities of meat, cheese, noodles, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned beans for meals
- Shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, feminine hygiene items for showers
- Paper plates and cups for special meals
- Art supplies for our free art studio
- Paying for the homeless to obtain lost ID and birth certificates
- Providing paid labor for the homeless (we have the work, but not the cash!)
- Providing for supplies so the homeless can create and sell crafts
- Providing for tutoring at our free art studio
- Providing stipends for volunteers at our day shelters
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
|Artwork by Samantha Childress|
At Anawim, we have been trying to provide work for the homeless. We forward on opportunities from those who live in the community who want to hire the homeless, both on one-time projects and in longer term employment. If we have the funds, we hire the homeless for a few hours at a time, so they can earn some money for basic needs. We also provide opportunities for volunteer work. A lot of volunteer work.
At Sanctuary we have three acres of land and three buildings to take care of. There are vegetable gardens and a meditation garden. There are many people to care for, bathrooms to clean and donations to sort. This is all done by our homeless or formerly homeless folks. This gives people self-worth and a sense of participating in both our local community and the community at large. Work is a key way to build community and to provide an opportunity to show gratitude for what they have received. In the end, we would love to hire the homeless for a number of projects. You know, like, for money. But what we have is good until the funds come in.