“This has been a place that I could come to be myself…and get help even if it’s a hug. It’s what I hope to feel when I meet my Father and sit to eat, invited and unashamed and free to be me, loved as I am.” – Rahab’s Sisters Guest
Every Friday, Rahab’s Sisters opens the doors to women marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use. The Commission on Poverty and Homelessness Grant helps make sure those doors can open and that this community founded on radical hospitality can continue to flourish. Warm meals and hygiene necessities provide comfort for the body. But it’s the unconditional love that provides comfort for the spirit.
Those living on the margins are used to being unseen – ignored on the streets or treated with contempt and violence. At Rahab’s Sisters, all who enter are seen as irreplaceable human beings worthy of love, not judgment. The Commission on Poverty and Homelessness Grant nurtures this safe place that counted almost 3,000 visits last year, and through this support the diocese stands with some of the most vulnerable members of our city.
The Commission on Poverty and Homelessness solicits grant requests in the spring and disburses funds in early August. This Fund supports many projects, including food pantries, community gardens, medical clinics, and homeless shelters. The Fund especially seeks to support new ministries that involve children and youth, involve community partners, or display innovative ways of addressing poverty’s many challenges. The 2018 grant application deadline is July 5.