Min. Tyrone Mearday, Executive Assistant to Pastor Sheldon Little, explains the reasons for homelessness on Chicago's West Side, which range from loss of employment to substance abuse. Pastor Sheldon Little states that the church must come outside the building in order to meet the people where they are. Soup, coffee, donuts and sandwiches were served.
Faith communities are critical in filling in the gap when it comes to serving the people, Congressman Davis pointed out, as he brought two bags of warm coats and clothing to Christian's Temple FBH Church at 218 N. Pulaski in Chicago. Many who came by found needed items of clothing in the Christian's Temple Mobile Outreach van parked in the church lot.
Pastor Sheldon Little and church members distribute hot coffee, donuts, hot chicken soup and sandwiches in front of the church at 218 N. Pulaski to those who received coats, socks, shoes, hats, and other items of clothing from mobile outreach van. Many who were hungry and cold expressed gratitude for the church's efforts. Photo by Marcus Robinson
Pastor Sheldon Little (far right) greets Congressman Danny Davis (second from right) along with Min. Tyrone Mearday (second from left) and his wife Tasha Mearday (far left) as they prepare to distribute clothing from the Christian's Temple Mobile Outreach Van. In the future, the van will travel to areas where the homeless are on the streets. Photo by Naimah Latif
CHICAGO, IL - Constance Lee, daughter of Bishop Jerome Powell, Sr. and Conswella Powell, Founders of Beacon Light Ministries, expresses the family's anguish of the total destruction by fire of their church of 20 years which served the economically challenged Roseland community by handing out food, clothing and toiletries weekly.
”Beacon Light Ministries burnt to the ground, but we will stand strong,” declared Bishop Jerome Powell, head of Beacon Light Ministriie church. Members of the church and faithful volunteers continue to feed needy families in Chicago’s Roseland community even though a year ago its physical church structure burned to the ground. In this economically challenging time, many families are struggling to keep food on the table while paying high heating bills during the cold winter months. Beginning at 12 noon on the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, Beacon Light Ministries also handed out warm winter coats, hats, gloves, socks and face masks.
Braving the cold, snowy weather, residents began lining up as volunteers from Beacon Light Ministries at 110th and Michigan Avenue in Chicago unloaded trucks packed with boxes of food and household supplies, Canned goods and non-perishables have been handed out on a weekly basis, and for many in the Roseland Community, the charity work of Beacon Light Ministries is a necessary means of their family’s survival. Last year after the tragic church fire, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. brought the work of the church to the public’s attention and urged continued support for Beacon Light’s mission of serving the Roseland Community.