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11/15/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman church group will try the homeless life
Church group will gather donations - and also try out life on the street

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


An outreach group made up of adults, teenagers and kids from St. John's United Methodist Church will have a makeshift cardboard box camp set up in the parking lot of the Stockton Hill Road Taco Bell Saturday.

They'll be showing solidarity with the homeless, holding up signs to raise awareness and collecting toiletries to give to the people staying at the Cornerstone Mission and Diana's Faith House as part of Hunger and Homeless Awareness month.

"This is the first time we're doing something like this," said Linda Chevalier, the chair for the church's mission's team. "It'll be a big awakening."

Whether you can spare a couple bottles of shampoo and conditioner or several tubes of toothpaste makes no difference because all types of hygiene products will be accepted, Chevalier said.

The group will be in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. From there, they'll head to the Cornerstone Mission, where they plan to stand in line for a meal and eat dinner with the residents, she said.

Then they'll head back to the church, where they'll sleep outside in the cardboard boxes they used at Taco Bell for the hygiene drive.

"Hopefully we can make it through the night," Chevalier said.

Throughout the day, the group will not receive snacks or break to eat lunch, she said. Their one meal for the day will come from the Mission.

The idea is to allow the group to experience what it means to be homeless and hungry, she said.

Chevalier said she encouraged members of the group to leave their cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices at home.

Most of the group is looking forward to the day, but some are a little tentative about giving up their electronic devices, Chevalier joked.

"We hope to get some big support from the community," she said.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Article comment by: long way to go..... .....

@what would He do?.....I remember viewing a film on the Holocaust, where a leader of the Jewish uprising in Warsaw managed to escape and make contact with representatives of the Polish underground. They asked him to provide them a convincing explanation of the situation, and his reply began with three words - "It's positively elemental." So it is with the homeless. The word "stark" comes to mind prominently. You experience inconveniences, they experience stark realities. As for what would Jesus do, all I can say for sure is that He would not let those stark realities drive Him away. I think you have to take time to gain the wisdom and compassion required to seriously help homeless people. And thank you for your comments. I was looking forward to such response.

Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Article comment by: What Would HE Do?

@ a long way to go - Thank you for the brief look into your world you have given us. If it sparks even ONE person to do more towards improving the plight of the homeless, it was worth your effort.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: stephanie manning

way to go st johns wish i was home to help you guys.Miss you all.

steph


Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: a long way to go .....

Having been homeless for years, I have mixed feelings about this. It definitely is better than doing nothing, but these folks will still fail to understand the plight of long-term homelessness. America has criminalised poverty, and homeless people will be arrested anywhere in this country for not having a place to sleep, even during the daytime. In Las Vegas, the City Council targets homeless people with laws such as "interrupting the flight of a pidgeon" and "defacing a hamburger" - think of how this plays out while living on a sidewalk. The jail sentence is set at 90 days, pretty convenient when, on the 90th day of incarceration, you lose all SS/Disability/Veterans' benefits (try retrieving them while homeless). If the kids really want to learn something, they need to go a minimum of 1 week - and preferably much longer - without a change of clothes, enter a homeless shelter requiring public showering while staff look on (even kids, such as in Las Vegas), dangers of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, and of course - being handcuffed because you lost your job and/or housing. The church term for these brief forays is "short-term missions", and includes foreign visitations (a couple weeks in Uganda or Haiti, for example) - better than nothing, but nothing that could possibly ingrain the peoples' sufferings and hopes (if they still have any) into your soul.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Sandra Morain

I read the Kingman Daily Miner almost every day. I live in Apple Valley,Ca. I wish our community would be more like Kingman.We have many homeless here. It is a growing problem in America.And, I applaud your giving spirits!!Such a wonderful thing to care about.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Humbled Person

@ Warren:
As a business owner who will be there with the youth of my church, I am humbled by the idea of spending just a few hours of my life participating in this outreach. None of us consider just how hard life is for those who are just trying to stay alive on a day to day basis. I hope that our attempt, as feeble as it may be is at least on some small level able to give to those who have such a huge need.


Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Windy Wendy

Linda Linda...way to go! I'm proud of you all and will be praying for you!

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: eddie deck

This is a wonderful idea and thing that the church is doing.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: J L

This is a wonderful idea and thing that the church is doing. I wish Obama and Romney and the members of Congress would do the same thing. They are all way out in left field and they all need to be brought down to the realities of life.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Fran Romeo

Just so they know, St. Vincent de Paul gives a free sack lunch to the homeless MWF 9 to3, and Saturday, 10 to 2. Of course, just like the homeless, the people from St. John's would have to figure out a way down there.

Great work, guys! Hope you get a ton of stuff!
God bless!


Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Warren AO

I'd much rather see Kingman business owners spending the day and night 'homeless' like this. The volunteers are doing a good thing, but they're motivated to help out.

It would be most instructive to see the comfortable and wealthy in the same situation, even if for just one day.


Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: MONICA SEDILLO

God bless you all for doing this, there still is good people in this world...

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: What Would HE Do?

Glad that there are courageous people here that are willing to experience a touch of the struggles the homeless have. These people are of action and not just talk, unlike most of the rest of us..



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