When we started this ministry, to be with the homeless in Portland, ten years ago, we did not really understand the educational component involved. It has evolved though as a very important aspect of our work. Sharing the stories and educating the housed on the reality of poverty and homelessness is a big part of what we do. It does not just lessen the barriers between people, it also allows those who are more fortunate to share more closely in the circumstances of others.
I believe at our core we are compassionate beings. Much can get in the way of that potential of caring and sharing. Many of us become numb to the pain around us and or feel impotent to make any positive difference. The Church on the Cape, Cape Porpoise are not an apathetic crowd. They put their compassion into action as demonstrated this past winter- supplying our ministry and therefore hundreds of homeless with winter socks all through the winter and recently they have come forth again , spearheaded by one member BeverlyBangs, with a supply of hundreds of white socks for the summer.
This may seem like a small change in someones life, a pair of clean socks but think about your feet, wet and blistered as many are and having the small comfort at the end of the weary day of warm, dry socks.
Compassionate hearts touching hurting feet -no small thing.