For over fifty years, Wayside Christian Mission has been changing the lives and even saving the lives of men, women and children stricken by homelessness. Today, the needs are greater than ever.
Today, we will serve over two thousand hot meals to those who are hungry. This evening, over five hundred members of our community will no longer need to seek refuge beneath a viaduct or inside an abandoned building. We will give them a bed and a measure of security that cannot be found on the streets.
Once their physical needs are met, we will offer our resident clients a Sober Living Program that can bring deliverance from the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction. For those lacking in education, our working relationship with Jefferson Community and Technical College has assisted many in earning a GED or in enrolling in a degree program. Our Work Therapy Program allows our clients to "earn their keep" at the Mission while gaining real world job skills that will prove invaluable as they return to society. Through a regimen of classroom training and on the job experience, we have transformed many men and women once deemed unemployable into productive working citizens.
Children are often the forgotten victims of homelessness; each year, over 8000 school aged boys and girls will experience homelessness, too. Many of our resident clients are little girls and boys. The streets are no places for children to live and no child is turned away at the Mission. Furthermore, we have partnered with the Jefferson County Public Schools to see that these boys and girls are able to remain in school.