Friday, April 1, 2011
Just Don't Worry: Thoughts from a Safe Haven Client
Chris is a resident of EECM's Safe Haven program. Safe Haven provides permanent housing and supportive services to chronically homeless men who have mental health problems. In addition to numerous EECM activities (including Safe Haven's popular Thursday Night Community Dinners -- blog forthcoming!), Chris participates in outreach activities organized by the L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, a non-profit located on the Northside.
In a recent L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry newsletter, Chris shared a few reflections.
"Six years ago, when I was homeless in New York City, I prayed to God and asked him to help me not be homeless and to find a place where I could get better and could study. God answered this prayer by telling me to go to Pittsburgh because someone there would be able to give me housing."
"When I came to Pittsburgh, it was very difficult to find housing at first. Then someone told me to go to a shelter in East Liberty, and there a man named Gordon helped me get housing through East End Cooperative Ministry. This answer to prayer was much better than I could have ever expected. Before I was without food, shelter, and even friends, but now I have a safe place to live, food to eat, and wonderful friends that love me. "
"My advice to you is just not to worry. Pray and trust that God's plan is for you to have a good and productive life."