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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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Linda and Jimmy

Linda, a worker and grandmother, was on the street for five years. While on the street she was known as "Mom"  and tried to help the young people on the street. Now she helps run day shelters at Anawim and two other churches in Gresham.

Jimmy was one of the first participants in Anawim  more than ten years ago.  He was quite a scrapper and we had a lot of issues about him drinking right in front of the church.  Now he helps us out with stopping others from drinking or fighting on the property and at day shelters in other churches.

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