Local churches kick off the New Year by helping homeless people – L’Observateur
LAPLACE – The start of a new year means a renewed focus on service for the New Rescue Mission and Philippian Baptist church congregations.
Local churches are partnering with nonprofit Mission Rebirth to deliver hot meals and hygiene items to 200 homeless people in New Orleans. The cast will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 4180 Old Gentilly Road in New Orleans, and Pastor Devin K. Mason said everyone is welcome to join in the effort.
Mason finds his inspiration in the words of Matthew 25:40, where Jesus said: “I will tell you the truth, when you have done it to one of the least of them, my brothers and sisters, you did! “
This will be the third time that local churches have visited New Orleans to help the homeless. However, instead of meeting the individuals under a bridge, volunteers will deliver food and supplies to two shelters that were once a Days Inn and Motel 6.
“New Orleans has an initiative to get the homeless off the streets. They put them in shelters, but these people don’t have hygiene supplies or things of that nature, ”Mason said. “We will bring supplies such as personal hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and clothing, and we will also prepare hot meals on this day as well.”
Donations are always accepted. Supplies, including toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, towels, and even items like sheets and blankets are welcome and can be dropped off at the New Rescue Mission Baptist Church, located at 361 E. 14e St. in reserve. To coordinate a donation deposit, please call or text 504-612-7744.
Mason is thrilled to be partnering with Mission Rebirth, a New Orleans nonprofit founded by one of the members of the New Rescue Mission Baptist Church.
The organization was founded on September 25, 2020 and received its 501c3 status on January 22, 2021. Its mission is to provide resources to rehabilitate the women involved and formerly incarcerated so that they can successfully reintegrate into society.
There are many services offered by Mission Rebirth that can help homeless people, such as helping them apply for Medicaid, gain job skills, and find housing and employment. A full list of Mission Rebirth’s accomplishments since March 2021 can be found at missionrebirth.com.
Regarding the January 2 distribution event, Mason said that the more volunteers there are, the happier we get.
“This is not just an event exclusive to our members. Everyone is welcome to share, participate and associate, ”said Mason. “I want everyone with a passion for service to join us. “
As COVID-19 has limited outreach opportunities in 2021, New Rescue Mission Church has answered the call to serve the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida by partnering with St. John the Baptist Parish for three relief distributions at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
In 2022, Mason’s goal is to engage in an awareness or ministry project at least quarterly. Service can take the form of homeless assistance, elder care, or assistance with recovery efforts as parishes on the river continue to rebound from Hurricane Ida.