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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.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Yesterday Awaits

A poem by a regular attender of the Sunnyside Meal on Friday nights:

Today can be whatever yesterday was not.
Today can become anything yet unsought.
So let yesterday have its space in time
Or today will become only yesterday's mime.
Such wondrous possibilities await in today
Awaiting to become what will be yesterday.
-Pat Kiser

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Breeding Generosity

Anawim operates on the principle that if we are generous to others, then they will be generous in turn.  In other words, the more generous we are, and encourage that generosity, the more we will be building a community of generosity, where the community will help each other.

This "pay it forward" principle has been proven by scientific research.

However, the opposite is also true.  Selfish behavior encourages others to be selfish and stingy.

So be generous. The more generous we are, the more we encourage others to do the same. The more people act this way, the closer we will be to a society that has no needs because there is always someone ready and willing to meet those needs.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

East County Emergency Overnight Shelters This Winter

Would any of you be interested in volunteering time for shelters to get the homeless out of the worst cold overnight or do you know someone who would be interesting in helping? Please feel free to tag others in this note, who you think would like this opportunity to volunteer.If you are interested, please contact us or please go ahead and sign up at this website maintained by Compassion Connect:, we are having training sessions which deal with general rules and principles regarding keeping peace at the shelters. They will be held at Anawim Christian Community --19626 NE Glisan, Gresham--throughout the month of November.
November 1-- 2pm
November 1-- 6pm
November 2-- 6pm
November 10-- 2pm
November 10--6pm
November 15-- 2pm
November 15-- 6pm
November 29--2pm
November 29--6pm
If you are signing up for the shelters this year, please attend one of these times.
Also, please encourage others to sign up for the Emergency Warming Shelters at the website above. We need as many volunteers as possible because "many hands make light labor"-- the more volunteers we have, the shorter the shifts need to be!

Anawim Donations

Right now, Anawim could really use the following items:

Toilet paper!
Tarps (green or brown, all sizes)
Sleeping bags
Winter clothes-- all sizes, both sexes

If you could help, send or drop off donations to 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham OR 97230. Or you can contact Steve at