Give & Go: Homeless

Have you ever asked for the story of a homeless man or woman?

It’s easy to wonder what’s behind their eyes: Mental illness? Addiction? Laziness? Despair? But I’m even more interested in what’s behind their situation, how they got here, the “untold story” of the soul standing before me outside the post office or the family finding its way off the streets. Just like you or me, these people have been made in God’s image – but the sin within, the sin of others, and a crushingly broken world have left their mark in a particularly destructive way.

Am I up for hearing their stories, so long untold? Am I willing to enter these stories and help men, women, and families take steps toward the life God has for them?

See the Stories

OurCalling

Billed as a "coffee shop for the homeless." Changing lives one table at a time.

Union Gospel Mission

Every night, there are roughly 5-6,000 homeless individuals on the streets of Dallas. Each has a name, a story, and needs more than simply a $5 bill can provide. Poverty is about much more than money.

Welcome Home

What happens when we actually open our doors wide

Interfaith Housing Coalition

Home is a word that summons up feelings of overwhelming warmth — whether it means a roof with front door, or the people who fill it. But to families seeking shelter, thoughts about home are more frequently filled with fear, loss, and hopelessness...

Exodus Ministries

"Release date": Two words that should bring relief and joy to an inmate awaiting freedom. But for many – particularly mothers with small children and few resources to care for them – these words instead bring anxiety and fear.

Serve This Season

Thanksgiving Dinner with the Homeless at UGM: Saturday, November 29

Join UGM from 6:30pm – 9:30pm as they serve dinner to the homeless in Dallas. Find out more by emailing UGM@watermark.org. (G)

Deck the Halls at Interfaith Housing: Saturday, December 5

Serve with Interfaith and help families make Christmas tree and decoration selections at Deck the Halls. You can help decorate their apartment and tree to prepare for Christmas on from 10:00am-1:00pm. Email Joseph at jbrowning@ihcdallas.org for more information and next steps. (G)

Feed the Homeless at UGM: December 9, 12, 23, 27, or 30

Join other Watermark volunteers at Union Gospel Mission to serve dinner on December 9, 12, 23, 27, or 30. Dinner is served between 6:30pm-9:30pm and you can request more details or sign-up by emailing UGM@watermark.org. (G)

Purchase Gifts and Gift Event for Exodus Families: through Sunday, December 13

Help Exodus support women released from incarceration and their kids by adopting a family and purchasing gifts for them during the Christmas season. Reach out to Cynthia at Cynthia@exodusministries.org for more information. (G)

Christmas "Store" at Interfaith Housing: December 15-16

Help Interfaith throw the biggest family event of the year at their Christmas store where families and kids “shop” for gifts. You can help wrap gifts, host families, and assist in the Children’s area. Reach out to Joseph at jbrowning@ihcdallas.org for more information and next steps. (G)

Host the Homeless at Watermark: Sundays through December 20

Serve as a Room Host for the Welcome Home ministry and help with the Sunday discipleship group and meal following the 11:15am service. Spots available weekly to help set up and tear down for the event, as well as participate in group discipleship discussion and pastoral care opportunities. Email welcomehomemission@gmail.com for details and sign-up. (G)

Sponsor a Sunday with Welcome Home: Sundays through December 20

Groups, families, or individuals can sponsor the Sunday mel following the 11:15am service. Financial sponsorship each Sunday is $300, and you're welcome to participate as well (see above). Email welcomehomemission@gmail.com for details and sign-up. (G) (F)

Host the Homeless at Watermark: Sundays through December 20

Serve as a Room Host for the Welcome Home ministry and help with the Sunday discipleship group and meal following the 11:15am service. Spots available weekly to help set up and tear down for the event, as well as participate in group discipleship discussion and pastoral care opportunities. Email welcomehomemission@gmail.com for details and sign-up. (G)

Sponsor a Sunday with Welcome Home: Sundays through December 20

Groups, families, or individuals can sponsor the Sunday mel following the 11:15am service. Financial sponsorship each Sunday is $300, and you're welcome to participate as well (see above). Email welcomehomemission@gmail.com for details and sign-up. (G) (F)

Distribute Resources to the Homeless: Weekdays

Help OurCalling serve the homeless by taking orders and distributing resources to guests who come to the center. Shifts are available on Mondays from 11:00-am-4:00pm and Tuesday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Reach out to Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org for more information and to sign-up. (G)

Mentoring Homeless Individuals: Weekdays

Serve with OurCalling to mentor homeless individuals during the daily Bible study offered onsite. Spots are available M-F 2:00pm-3:00pm. Reach out to Brandon Wallace at bwallace@ourcalling.org for more information and sign-up opportunities.

Bible Study with the Homeless: Friday nights

Step in with OurCalling on Friday nights from 7:00-9:00 to serve at the Bridge Homeless Shelter. OurCalling hosts a Bible study each week and you can be a part of it by emailing Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org. (G)

"Search and Rescue" with the Homeless: Most Saturdays

Help OurCalling with their Search and Rescue teams, which go into tent communities and meet the needs of the homeless living on the fringes. This opportunity is available every 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturday of each month from 8:45am-1:00pm. You can sign-up by contacting Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org. (G)

Big Birthday Party: Flexible Saturdays or Sundays

Help staff at Exodus throw a birthday party for the moms and children each month that have a birthday in that month. This opportunity is available on any Saturday or Sunday for the month you would like to adopt so contact Cynthia at Cynthia@exodusministries.org for more details and sign-up. (G) (F)

Women's Homeless Group: Mondays

Serve at Our Calling with the Women’s Bible Study group every Monday morning from 8:30am-9:30am and care for the homeless women of Dallas. Sign-up and receive additional details by emailing Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org.

Help the Homeless Get Clothes & Showers: 3rd Saturday of each month

Cornerstone Clothing Closet and Showers offer an opportunity for those in need to choose clean clothing every 30 days and take a shower when the facility is open. Serve by assisting the homeless in distributing clothing and toiletries the 3rd Saturday of each month from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Contact Jerri at jclassie54@yahoo.com for more information. (G)

Get an Apartment Ready: Flexible

Bring a group to help decorate and make ready an apartment for a new mom and kids moving into Exodus. This opportunity has great flexibility and can be any evening or on the weekend. Reach out to Courtney at courtney@exodusministries.org to sign-up and get additional details. (G)

Host a Drive for Exodus Residents: Flexible

Serve with Exodus by hosting a needs drive based on your own schedule. This is an opportunity to collect consumables that are provided to the all of the residents (click here for a list of items). You can schedule this opportunity with Cynthia at Cynthia@exodusministries.org. (G)

Crafts with Exodus Residents: Flexible

Bring materials to Exodus and teach the residents how to make a craft. Schedule a time with Susan at susan@exodusministries.org and set up a time that fits your schedule. (G)

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