Charlottesville, Virginia

The Haven

When we started this project, one of the goals was to make sure to work with our existing framework of friends scattered across the country. Today we rolled into the Charlottesville, Virginia area and met up with Raven Mack. Together, we collected supplies for The Haven, a homeless shelter and services provider in Charlottesville.

More about The Haven (from their website):

The Haven is a multi-resource day shelter for people facing homelessness in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.

We provide respite services for people who are homeless, or living in extreme poverty in our community, as well as supportive case management for guests who are eligible for programs to help get them back into stable housing.

Being homeless is a state of transition for most of our guests. We provide respite for the weary and transformation for the ready.

The Haven on the web:


Omaha, Nebraska

Open Door Mission

The organization is doing a lot to help those in need from clothing to food to housing to life skills–they’re doing it all. Thanks for letting us see your operation! Big thanks to Steve Frazee for discussing the Mission and to Hannah who showed us the ropes!

More about Open Door Mission (from their website):

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. Staff would love to give you, your family, your co-workers, or your church a tour of Open Door Mission Campus. You will be able to see first hand how lives are being Changed.

Open Door Mission on the web:


Denver, Colorado

Denver Rescue Mission

I had an opportunity to help prepare and serve lunch with a dedicated team of volunteers. It’s a beautiful thing to see a community come together and bond over service.

More about the Denver Rescue Mission (from their website):

Denver Rescue Mission is changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

Denver Rescue Mission on the web:

New York City, New York

St. Paul’s House

St. Paul’s House is an NYC institution (you might remember their sign from the opening credits of SNL) and on the last Tuesday of every month (September – May) they have pizza and movie night. My friend Aegina and I were able to help out (and I might have snagged a slice of pizza along the way) and make new friends.

More about St. Paul’s House (from their website):

St. Paul’s House is a multifaceted ministry located on NYC’s West Side. It is an independent training center for Christian leaders who feel called to work in ministry. It has been at the crossroads of America for over 60 years for many lives. In 1945, Rev. J.J.D. Hall and Creighton Dunlap purchased a brownstone tenement in Hell’s Kitchen. Because of their appreciation for the ministry of the Apostle and their Episcopal background, they chose to name the building St. Paul’s House.

Rev. Hall was a fiery street preacher who had already earned the title “Bishop of Wall Street” because of his street meetings held daily in the financial district. Creighton Dunlap was a former real estate agent who heard “Dad” Hall preaching and committed his life to Christ and evangelism. He served with Rev. Hall as a co-founder. Together in 1939, they started the first sermon telephone ministry in America.

St. Paul’s House began as a training center for believers who wanted to learn and experience inner-city ministry. Over its 60 year history, St. Paul’s House has helped educate and train hundreds of student workers preparing for ministry life. Because of today’s needs, the house now serves as a mission house with providing services with food, adult and youth to those in need that live in the neighborhood. We also provide internship opportunities for young adults who are passionate about building the Kingdom of God.

The St. Paul’s House cross has become somewhat of a novelty on New York’s Westside. Photographed by tourist and newspapers alike, it has been a part in the opening credits of a popular Saturday night variety show and appeared in a recent Hollywood movie. When the mission has closed it’s doors for the evening the cross continues to shine it’s message into the night.

St. Paul’s House on the web:



Salt Lake City, Utah

Direct Action

One of the things I wanted to explore when I started this project was the differences between “online friendships” and those people we know in the “real” world. I’d known Ben and Chels through Twitter for more than a year, but I’d never met either of them in person.

Until now.

Ben, in his professional capacity, manages a Smashburger restaurant in Draper, UT. He was able to secure permission (and food!) from corporate headquarters for the three of us to distribute to the homeless in Salt Lake City. It’s great to see companies acting responsibly in their communities. Big thank you to Smashburger, Ben, and Chels.

Providence, Rhode Island

I had to pick up a co-worker in Providence. After we left the airport, we drove around downtown Providence and Interstate exits to distribute backpacks filled with food, water, socks, toiletries, and warming items to those in need. It’s cold out there!