I thought I would include links to the organizations that allowed us the privilege of volunteering this past Saturday. The first is called Finish The Wall and they are a charity that finishes up uncompleted buildings and projects that have no future plan for completion. They truly have a unique niche as they take over unfinished jobs and complete them to be used for humanitarian needs. They organize trips to other countries and also take on jobs domestically. Mary Padgett handles volunteer scheduling and she can be contacted through the website.
The second organization is Hoskins Park Ministries and they provide housing, support and employment for the homeless and those men recently released from prison. They house, mentor and educate 60+ men at any given time. They started with one house and operated the entire operation from that house. Now they have 13 houses, a tropical courtyard area with a gazebo and small pond. They have also constructed a meeting tent for church services, meeting and get-togethers.
Bill Brown is the onsite supervisor and gave us a wonderful tour of the facilities and talked extensively about their mission. It was an amazing and eye-opening conversation. If you live in the Charlotte area these groups need volunteers and donations. Tomorrow I am taking a coffee table, sofa table, books, clothing and house goods. They need everything and these men would appreciate you stopping by to chat for a while!
I posted this today on my personal Facebook page and thought I would share:
I can’t help but think about several articles I have read lately contemplating how the United States will fall. If we understand anything from history, we know it will happen eventually, as all great nations, kingdoms, empires have fallen: Roman, English, French, Byzantine, etc. I have one simple word that I believe encapsulates why the US will eventually fall: respect. We lack it. We lack respect for our own bodies, we lack respect for the original inhabitants of this great land we took, we lack respect for the land itself and we lack respect for others; especially the elderly, the poor and the sick.
As a whole, we no longer care about anything other than money, greed, acquiring possessions and making life better for ourselves. I know some will argue that there are good people doing good deeds, and I agree. Still doesn’t change the fact that we lack respect in a very general sense. We have become very self-focused.
People are taking other’s lives at an alarming rate. Some historians and economists speculated on the dark side of capitalism, that corporate greed filters down into society creating a system of consumers, focused mainly on getting, buying, acquiring stuff.
Now to those that are reading and saying, “Yeah but there are people doing great things in this world to help others.” I ask you “Are you one of those?” Do you have enough respect for mankind to do something about it? To reach out to a homeless man and hand him a sandwich? To give your time at the women’s shelter? To throw a guy a dollar? To visit shut-ins or deliver food? What are you doing? I have a friend that lives as an example of how to help. Organizing golf tourneys for needy families and collecting Christmas presents and driving 4 hours to deliver to a family in need. When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone?
For many of us, it has been years since we looked up from our mobile long enough to see the suffering in the world. It is time for you to change. Mankind is depending on you.