Usually our Wednesday’s are spent at the motels, but today we got some calls about people sleeping in the woods and on the sidewalks. Yes, these pictures are here in Glynn & McIntosh county. When asking around about the first camp, we were told “he sleeps in the woods, but he gets a check”. Well, guess what? We don’t care if he gets a check. We set out to find him and discovered a hopeless man, in need of a friend, or in this case, 2 friends. We stood in the woods, talked to him and offered him assistance.
Mr. “J” is 55 and without any kind of support. As he sat on his walker he told us about his life and all the struggles he faces. He has medicine he’s supposed to take, but can’t because he doesn’t have transportation to get to the doctor. He is all alone and without hope. We were able to give him a second sleeping bag to help cushion his bed, which was a pallet covered with an old sleeping bag.
Such despair, such misery, but as always, someone’s son, brother, dad… Our next place we found a couple sleeping on the sidewalk. It had been a couple of days since they had eaten, and that was “burger scraps” from the nearby restaurant. Before we left them we took them some burgers, non-perishable food items, some blankets, socks & a pair of warm pants.
As I sit here in my warm home, under my favorite warm blanket I’m reminded of how blessed I am. We, I, take so much for granted and nights like tonight remind me to be thankful for what I have, even the little things like socks. It’s so freakin’ easy to sit back and judge these people, especially if you’ve never experienced what they face or know someone in their situation.
Maria & I walked away tonight speechless, knowing these people are in the cold, sleeping in places that are uninhabitable. We have experienced these situations almost since day one, but it doesn’t get any easier to see these kinds of living conditions. Some may say “they’ve made their beds with the decisions they’ve made in life”… Well, maybe so, but until you sleep on a sidewalk or on a pallet covered with a sleeping bag, keep your mouth shut. You have no idea what these people face.
You have no idea how much they struggle. Until you sit down with these broken people and know them, hear their stories and struggles, you have no place to do anything but help them. Look at them. Listen to them. Respect them. They are people, too.
Donna is the wife of Tim & mother of Marysa, Jason, Stephanie, Grace & Brady. She teaches 3-year olds at a local private school. Maria is the wife of Steve and mom to Lindsey. She works in the hospitality industry & is about to be a Mimi! Each have Monday-Friday jobs and do Saved By Grace (a full time job on it’s own) on the side and in the afternoons and weekends.
When you visit their Facebook page you will be met with moving stories of the broken and poor. You will see who they meet in the woods and the motels. You will be jarred emotionally to hear their journey as they advocate for resources, so that these homeless individuals and families can attain the means necessary to get on their feet and gain hope for a new beginning.