“NEVER judge people who have little to nothing, as one day you may find yourself having nothing at all.” – Family Health Freedom Network Pinterest Image
Everyone loves a turnaround success story… and this is a good one from CNN.com journalist, Jennifer Hauser.
Years ago, a man named Anthony Delgado was hooked on crack and panhandling to feed his habit. This went on for a long time until three mysterious people guided him to the VA hospital (immediately disappearing when he turned around!) on two different days. Unable to explain it – along with others in the area not seeing them either – he arrived at the hospital and joined the rehab program. From there he found additional support from a pastor and finally began turning his life around.
Later, during a church service on obedience, he felt a strong pull to go back to his old turf where he used to sleep and hand out bread to the people still there. Once the food was gone and he headed home, strong emotions overcame him. Delgado knew he must do something so others could experience a new life, just like him.
That feeling turned into a commitment, which turned into action by birthing an organization called “I Care Atlanta.” Since then, Delgado’s nonprofit has grown leaps and bounds. He now has seven employees, two buildings, 17 freezers, and two trucks. He also partners with several local police departments and businesses.
In Houser’s article, Delgado provides a lot of great advice about how to interact and serve the homeless you come across in your communities—including not giving them money directly, but rather buying them food or coffee and staying around to talk to them. You can also contact your local United Way for assistance.
According to Delgado, “We all need to help each other. We’re in a bad state right now. We don’t know what’s happening one day to the next. Open your heart. Help your neighbor. Don’t be selfish. This me, me, me attitude is not gonna get us anywhere. It’s just not.”
Delgado’s life is a testimony to the power of redemption and restoration, and it should remind us that everyone has the potential to rise above their circumstances with help from others around them.
To read Houser’s article in full and learn more about Delgado’s organization, click here.
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Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.