Happy New Year!! As we enter yet another new year, I know some of you are considering ways that you can serve in the community but haven’t decided where or how. Let me offer at least one opportunity. I represent our church on the Local Advisory Council for Daybreak. Daybreak is a non-denominational ministry whose focus is serving the homeless in our community in ways that other ministries are not already doing. At Daybreak, the homeless can get breakfast; wash their clothes; get a warm shower; get minor medical attention; learn to write a resume; learn a skill (with volunteer assistance); learn to read; get legal assistance; get an afternoon snack or warm cup of coffee/cocoa; and have a place to spend a portion of the day off of the streets in a warm (or cool as the weather dictates) building. Daybreak is a wonderful and much-needed ministry in our community. It depends mostly on funding and volunteers from the community to provide these services. Currently, Daybreak is in need of volunteers. They are appreciative of ANY amount of time you can give during the week – whether it is an hour or a full morning/afternoon. The people you help are very grateful, and appreciate the fact that you have taken time (or given money) to help those much less fortunate. Some of them are veterans and people who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
In an effort to provide a better understanding of “homelessness,” Daybreak is offering a short presentation about Homeless Resources in Macon on January 23 from 5:30-6:30 at Daybreak. There will be another session on February 6 from 5:30-6:30 presented by The Institute for Global Homelessness. Most of you are aware that homelessness is a pretty big problem in Macon. Hopefully these sessions will help us understand it better and learn what we can do to help improve the situation in our community.
One way to better understand what it means to be homeless is to “join them!” Daybreak is hosting the Greater Macon Sleepout where you can experience what it is like to “sleep under the stars” for just one night. For more information, visit www.MaconSleepout.com.
If you think Daybreak might be a charity/ministry where you would be interested in helping, please feel free to contact me or call Daybreak directly. Monetary donations can be made by sending a check made out to Daybreak – Depaul USA. Also, if you would like to receive the Daybreak Newsletter, please send me your name and email address. I will have you added to the list. Thank you for considering Daybreak!
Local Advisory Council for Daybreak (478) 216-9119
174 Walnut Street
Macon, GA 31201
Gaye Martel – Volunteer Coordinator (478)731-1554
Volunteer Needs –serving breakfast, helping with laundry, tech room, receptionist duties, teaching a skill (knitting, crocheting, computer skills etc.), even just listening to someone tell their problems or playing a game of cards or doing a puzzle with them.
Most Urgent Donations Needed – spray deodorant, kool-aid/lemonade, sweet & low, Reynolds wrap, razors, coffee, canned fruit, fresh fruit, afternoon snacks, towels, cocoa mix, shampoo, body wash, coats, blankets, hats, gloves.