Kennedy Molder, June 2009
The Gittens Get a New Start
This is the story about how Kennedy Molder, a 2007 graduating client of the Spiritual Transformation Program, began his his new life.
Keisha's Miracle-- "I remember having to make a decision whether I let the electricity be cut off and provide Christmas gifts for the children, or pay the electric bill..."
Vernon Lancaster came to the Mission looking for a new home and ended up saving his life, too.
"Suddenly, I really was homeless. I spent two days camping and praying on Theodore Roosevelt Island, asking God, "Help me. What should I do?"
Starting Over--"The Mission has been great to me. At one time, I couldn't even handle $5, but with the Mission's help, I have my own checking and savings accounts now and better know how to take care of the money I'm earning."
"God is teaching me to be obedient; it's not about me, it's God doing things through me."
A Career Serving God-- "I wasn't thinking about school at all, but Mr. Treadwell gave me the push I needed and helped me apply,"
What Following God is All About--"God turned my selfish spirit into that of one wanting to serve."
Discovering the Joy of Service (Volunteer) -- Kimberly's summer experience as a Counselor-in-Training at Camp Bennett was an important step on her lifelong path of service and outreach.
"I was a 'grate' man. My bottom was on a grate living outside. It was bitter cold. I had no gloves, and my blanket was wet from the steam and the rain."
"During my time here I have become a new creature as stated in 2 Cor. 5:17: 'If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!...'"
"This was a way for me to get in touch with God and myself. The Mission has been good to me, providing shelter, clothes and food as well as helping me toward getting my GED and Food Handlers license and starting job training."
"I just want to be a servant for the Mission for God. I have a desire to help others. Once I was in the driver's seat, but now I let God drive."
"Central Union Mission taught me to be part of the body of Christ, and now, I'm stepping out with Christ in me. I want to help others and change their lives just by my example."
I Did Not Come Here to Play! -- "The Mission Work Program kept me focused and disciplined on learning the Word of God and helping me prepare for work."
When we finally caught up with Betty Fluker, she was preparing to host a large Christian Valentine's Day party at her house. Betty is a great friend to the Mission since she lives "right down the street."
"Since I left Central Union Mission, I’ve been drug- and alcohol-free for 21 years. I have answered the call to preach, gotten married, become a dad to two beautiful children and own the house that we live in."
This Was the Place for Me -- " Funny how life became easier as I could see my blessings in front of me when I couldn't before! I saw God showing me favor"
A Second Chance and a Full-Time Job -- Back on the street, he realized he wanted to be able to help his 29-year-old daughter and two young grandsons, so he decided to try again.
After three years of homelessness, Epiphaney and Humberto Gittens are here to stay. Both Army veterans, they travelled all over the country searching for jobs and a home they could afford...
National Facts on Homelessness*
The State of Homelessness in America 2013 examines trends in homelessness between 2011 and 2012 as well as the economic, housing, and demographic context in which homelessness changes over time. The report shows that, overall, the homeless population decreased by less than 1 percent, but this is not the full story. While the number of people experiencing homelessness as part of a family increased slightly, the number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and those identifying as veterans decreased significantly.
From 2011 to 2012, the nation's homeless population decreased by .04 percent or by about 2,235 people. At a point of time in January 2012, 633,782 people were experiencing homelessness.
The largest decreases were 6.8 percent among individuals identified as chronically homeless and 7.2 percent among veterans.
The national rate of homelessness was 20 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population. The rate for veterans was 29 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the homeless population.
A majority of people identified as homeless were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing, but 38 percent were unsheltered,living on the streets, or in cars, abandonded buildings, or other places not intended fo human habitation.
There was no change in the number of homeless family households, however, the size of the average homeless family grew so the overall number of people in homeless families increased 1.4 percent.
While the overall homeless population decreased between 2011 and 2012, 28 states and the District of Columbia saw increases.
Chronic homelessness is defined as homelessness among people who have a disability - including serious mental illness, chronic substance use disorders, or chronic medical issues - and who are homeless repeatedly or for long period of time. Overall, the chronic homeless population decreased by 7 percent between 2011 and 2012.
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Common Situations that Lead to Homelessness:
- Unforeseen economic crisis
- Job loss
- Serious medical condition
- Death in the family
Washington, DC, Area Facts on Homelessness**
There are nearly 8,000 homeless persons in Washington, DC. This represents an increase of 12.9% from 2013 and is broken down as follows:
- 3,953 unaccompanied individuals
- 3,795 adults and children (within 1,231 homeless families)
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**Information for Washington, DC Area section provided by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.