Homelessness and poverty is an enormous problem worldwide; but not that big as to where a difference cannot be made. Many organizations are working to tackle this problem around the world. Fighting to change the system and working one-on-one with people to rise out of poverty is the key factor. Joining or partnering with organizations is a start in preventing the cause of homelessness around the world. There are many organizations and institutions, both profit and non-profit, that address homelessness in America locally, nationally, and globally such as The Union Mission Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and The Foodbank.
In Norfolk, Virginia there is a shelter that physically, emotionally and spiritually meets the needs of the poor and homeless each day. They started in 1892, when a businessman from The Cumberland Street United Methodist Church had a vision to provide for the needs of the poor and homeless. From that vision, paved the way for The Union Mission Ministries. In 1956, Rev. Theodore A. Bashford became the director of The Union Mission. He found a shelter that was worn down and had lost sight of its original purpose. Under his counsel, the debts were paid, the shelter was restored, and the ministry of caring for the needy began. Rev. Theodore A. Bashford wanted to create the shelter with a Christian environment. With this, the ministry grew to include ten individual ministries in the Hampton Roads, Virginia community and a ministry in Romania: The Union Mission Men’s Shelter, The Women and Family Shelter, The Industrial Program and Retail Training Center, Community Assistance, Hope Haven Children’s Home, Hope Haven Adult Home, Camp Hope Haven, The New Life Center, Good News Channel 5 and Project Romani...
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...o efficiently provide nutritious canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, and prepared food to over hundreds of thousands of individuals yearly (“Foodbank Basics”).
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