Joining together with communities of faith to solve London’s homelessness crisis

As a pastor, I long to see the church I serve do it all! God’s calling is big and beautiful, and there is no shortage of Kingdom work to do. This often leads to feeling the frustration of our limitations. But we don’t have to do it all on our own. We can partner with those God has already equipped with the gifts, resources, and expertise for a given area of Kingdom work.

As a faith community we have had a long, informal conversation with the leadership at Indwell, and after many years we have the privilege of helping them see those dreams come to fruition! We all know God’s call to love the hurting and vulnerable. As a downtown church, we are acutely aware of challenges like poverty and homelessness. So, it’s been a joy and a privilege to support Indwell in their mission to provide hope and homes.

This partnership has given us tangible opportunities to volunteer and a meaningful way to give money that we know will be used effectively. Several folks known to our faith community have already moved into Woodfield Gate, Indwell’s first facility right in downtown London—including two people that often worship with us. The joy these folks experience is almost palpable. The difference we know supportive housing with the love of Jesus is going to make in their lives is exhilarating. We bless God for Indwell and partnerships likes these in which the Church can live out its calling.

"In late August, [my patient] came to my office and told me he had fantastic news. He had been accepted to Indwell! ... He was excited about moving out of the shelter and having a place that was truly his own. He was excited that he could lock a door and feel safe at night. He was excited that he would have his belongings and not worry about them being stolen. And, more importantly, he was excited that he could have his books. All of them."​
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