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​Give Thanks to Street Angels

​Give Thanks to Street Angels

November 25, 2017

Street Outreach Ministry, what does that phrase mean? What does that phrase mean to you? What does it mean to Our Father’s Table - OFT? It means “giving a hand up, not a hand out.” What’s the old adage? Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” That is what the OFT Street Out ...

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The Year Santa Came to Your House

The Year Santa Came to Your House

November 24, 2017

You remember like it was yesterday - we all do. That year that Santa came to your house. Well he came every year, right? The year you hopped from bed with the sunrise and tore back the wrapping paper to find the number 1 gift on your list. The ONE item that you wished and dreamed about for months. On Christmas morning you woke up and there it was ...

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​How I Connected With My Community

​How I Connected With My Community

November 23, 2017

I first visited Isaiah House in 2004, when HomeAid was evaluating a major upgrade project to give the 100 year-old home a face lift. The home needed a ton of love, additional bathrooms, and a remodeled kitchen that provided hundreds of meals a day to those who are homeless. Additionally, the backyard needed a shade structure, since this was where ...

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​250,000 Children Struggle with Food Insecurity

​250,000 Children Struggle with Food Insecurity

November 22, 2017

Can you imagine not being able to feed your children? Every day families walk through our front door with hungry children, turning to Families Forward as a last resort. Recently, a single mother of four children came to Families Forward in dire need. Listening to the explanation of our Food Pantry services, the woman’s 5 year old son tugged on ...

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Anyone Can Make A Sandwich

Anyone Can Make A Sandwich

November 21, 2017

You’d be surprised what an impact a sandwich can have. When I saw my topic for today, I was immediately reminded of one of my son’s favorite childhood books, “When You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” In the book, a child learns that a single act – in this case, a cookie handed to a mouse – can unleash a chain reaction that has unexpected and vast conseque ...

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Give The Gift of Dignity

Give The Gift of Dignity

November 20, 2017

Can you imagine what it would be like not to have clean socks, underwear, or a shirt? It seems like most people have items in their closets that have not been taken off the hanger for months or longer. Precious Life not only houses pregnant women the day they call, we provide all immediate necessities for the women and babies-to-be for their ent ...

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​Diaper Affordability…the Struggle is Real

​Diaper Affordability…the Struggle is Real

November 19, 2017

You’ve read all the books, done the natural birth classes, made the freezer meals, and prepped the nursery. You’ve registered for your baby shower, chosen that perfect jogging stroller, and stocked up on onesies. But chances are that despite the long list of prep work, challenges, and struggles you’ll face each day, you’re probably not too worrie ...

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Employment Empowers Change

Employment Empowers Change

November 18, 2017

It can happen to anyone and it did to millions of Americans over the past decade during the great recession – the loss of a job suddenly caused you and your family to become homeless. I invite you to read the following three stories of success, as families were empowered to regain a life of self-sufficiency and climb out of homelessness through em ...

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A Friday Night in Orange County

A Friday Night in Orange County

November 17, 2017

It’s late on a Friday night in Anaheim, and on the side of a curb sits a tired young girl – watching in disbelief as demolition crews clear away the charred remains of her apartment that burnt to the ground that morning. She is weary from the sight of loss in front of her, heartbroken at the thought of her home now gone. Her mom sits quietly next t ...

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Why Does She Stay?

Why Does She Stay?

November 16, 2017

Why does she stay? Trapped between domestic violence and homelessness. The violence at home continued to escalate and Amber regularly feared for her life. She knew her children needed to feel safe, yet the threat of homelessness paralyzed her. Asking why Amber stays underestimates the debilitating impact of being trapped between domestic violence ...

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