Calvary Church Christmas Eve Donation Update
We experienced a tremendous response to our Christmas Eve donation to help end homelessness in our community. Thanks to your presence and invitational spirit made this gift possible!
On January 3, 2019, Pastor Terry Sanderson hand-delivered a check in the amount of $22,500 to Coordinated Entry, an organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness in our community. This gift represents a $5 donation on behalf of each person who attended one of our Christmas Eve services.
Among other things, this donation will be used to help with emergency housing, transportation and additional support for the many men, women, teens and children who worry about having a safe place to sleep at night.
St. Charles County Homelessness: The Need is Great
1 in 3 of our homeless neighbors are between the ages of 24 and 44
60% of the homeless are females
38% of those assessed are under 24 years of age
almost 50% are employed or have an income stream
71% live below the national poverty level of $25,100 for a family of 4
60% have insurance, but many have high deductible plans with no hope of reaching their insurance coverage level
1 in 30 American children experience homelessness; 51% of those children are under the age of 6
Single-parent families now make up nearly 50% of the homeless population in the United States
Veterans with disabilities are still among the most vulnerable
Illness, accidents, unemployment, violence and mental illness are leading causes of homelessness among women
Stories of how CE helped our homeless neighbors this year…
A woman in her fifties lost her job of 15 years and had trouble finding a new one before her unpaid bills started piling up. The CE staff helped the client develop a plan. The staff stayed in touch with her as she worked through the process. She eventually landed a job and a roommate.
CE helped an older couple, ages 75 and 67, who left the nursing home where they resided. They stayed in a motel until their money was gone. CE connected them with Salvation Army and got them the help they needed.
A gentleman had experienced homelessness on and off for ten years. CE helped him find housing he could afford and continues to check up on him. The newly-housed young man expressed thanks to CE for the help.
A wheelchair-bound man was hospitalized for a time, and his elderly mother slept in his hospital room. When he was discharged, the pair had nowhere to go. CE helped them get a cell phone, a gas card, and arranged for them to stay in a motel for a couple of weeks. Ultimately, CE was able to help them find wheelchair-accessible and affordable housing.
A 22-year-old woman contacted CE with a housing crisis. She was employed, but was living in an abandoned house with no running water or electricity. CE helped her arrange with a rental deposit, her first month’s rent, as well as some furnishings through a local agency. The young woman has been able to maintain housing on her own and needed a little boost of assistance with someone to walk alongside her for a while.
A Good Samaritan encountered an elderly woman roaming around St. Charles. Together they called CE. The elderly woman was a veteran, and through CE was able to access help from the VA and other agencies who eventually reunited her with her family.
A mom, dad, and two young children in diapers lived at a local campground. A friend of the family contacted CE. Help from local agencies with transportation and shelter provided relief for this family and continues to walk alongside them.