Strong communities are built from the inside out, by individuals. The reality is that in this modern age, many people don’t know how to leverage their individual skills, capacities and gifts for the direct betterment of the community. Our faith communities are often uniquely qualified to help build resilience in our cities.
As leaders in our community, we recognize one of the main challenges facing our city is homelessness. While policymakers debate solutions, our individual faith communities are committed to providing real help. We do so by working with Oxnard’s Housing Authority to identify and assist specific people in need.
On January 12th @ 3pm @ Plaza Park, a diverse group of Oxnard’s faith leaders are coming together as community leaders to do something positive toward the pressing issue of our time, homelessness.
Every participating faith group has committed to supporting an individual or a family that is facing homelessness. The commitments that some of these groups are making will be life changing for some of our underprivileged.
Join this opportunity for the community to come together and join in on a historic service to promote peace!
Publisher’s note: Regarding:
“Every participating faith group has committed to supporting an individual or a family that is facing homelessness.”
We asked Calvary Chapel Oxnard Senior Pastor Lance Ralston: What exactly does that mean? Some people are taking it to mean in its entirety, as in fully supporting. Does that mean moving in, paying rent, or just helping out as we can?
It means “coming alongside” someone in need who’s a real candidate for being transitioned OUT of homelessness into a permanent housing and employment sitch.
What “coming alongside” means is to provide (at least some) basic material assistance (food, clothing, toiletries) and most importantly, establishing a relationship that allows the “sponsor” to encourage and maybe facilitate their exit from homelessness.
Is that vague enough for you? Hahahahaha
George, realistically, that’s going to “look” different for the different faith-groups. As you know CCO is already pretty immersed in this between the food pantry on Fridays and Shelter Care Resources.
Turns out most of the other groups are working through Corey Branchflower & Shelter Care for their resources with the people they are helping.