Lemonade and Homeless Outreach
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LATEST UPDATE: May 17, 2019 (Colorado) – Gloria, Marie, and Benji are back after their 2,500 mile round trip visit to the Pacific northwest and back. Gloria will be resting up, debriefing, thinking about her trip ... and doing more writing! Stay tuned for more details.
QUICK UPDATE: May 9, 2019 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho) – While in Portland, Gloria met with Pastor Britt at Portland Mennonite Church. The church wants Gloria to talk about what FCMF is doing. Portland Mennonite currently does outreach to those living under West Burnside Bridge each Thursday. Youth, ages 17-25 years make up a large percentage of the homeless population. Gloria is saddened at how the “haves” ignore the “have nots.” In Seattle, Gloria visited a huge tent city with lots of families living in it and set up 4 stands. She and Marie are now in Idaho!
QUICK UPDATE: May 7, 2-19 (Oregon) - Gloria set up her lemonade stand in sunny Portland. She’s been having a few problems due to lack of WiFi access, which makes it tough for folks to make donations online. She was greatly saddened by the size of Portland’s homeless population (30,000+) and the epidemic of meth use. Young people are using meth because they are lost, forlorn, and cannot see a future. Their pain is so deep they just want to escape the cruel reality of their daily lives!
QUICK UPDATE: May 6, 2019 (Oregon) - On May 3, Gloria stayed overnight in Laramie, Wyoming with Stan and Myrna Miller. Then she headed out to Twin Falls Idaho. She walked 29 miles of that journey (4 miles at a time) before she set up a lemonade stand in a small park. She spoke with many about the need for outreach and assistance to those who are homeless. Then back on the road as she and Marie drove to Oregon where they stopped in the small town of Sweet Home, OR. Many individuals who spoke with Gloria were homeless themselves! Next she plans to stop in Portland to set up an all-day lemonade stand. Please continue to hold Gloria, Marie, and Benji in your prayers. F
QUICK UPDATE: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Gloria is in Laramie, WY with her first lemonade stand. She walked 11 miles, despite very cold temperatures. And Little Benji, her doggie, walked the whole way!
THE FULL STORY: HELP FCMF HELP THE HOMELESS
During his Inauguration speech, president John F. Kennedy brought to light a few key points that have remained with me my entire life. He spoke about the journey of a thousand miles beginning with but one step. He reminded us all to "ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country."
Little did I know that some fifty-eight years later while entering into my 62nd year of life, these two points would become central for me.
In a short span of time, it appears everything in my little corner of the world has lost any sense of gravity and taken a bad turn south. What can I do but head north?
The Big "C"
Recently diagnosed with bilateral lung disease (cancer), I know I better make every second of the rest of life's journey count. That is why I am headed out on a thousand-mile trek to the Northwest, one step at a time.
I have chosen to do something FOR my fellow man, rather then look for them to do something for me. We are all living in perilous times where none of us is certain what tomorrow may hold. Many may find themselves joining the ranks of America’s latest epidemic, “Homelessness.” I myself have suffered this fate and have been forced to endure hunger, freezing both by day and night, and worst of all -- the scourge of society looking down its pointed nose at me.
A Port in the Storm and the Reason for my Trek
However, in every storm there is a port and I found mine in the city of Ft. Collins Colorado, within the walls of a tiny church known as Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship (FCMF).
These folks already do so much for so many. However, FCMF would do so much more if they had the funding to do so. And this is where my trip north comes into play. I want to shine a light on the “Epidemic of Homelessness” by raising money to help FCMF with their Homeless Outreach Program.
With some extra funding, FCMF can do its heartfelt work at lightning speed: advocating for and assisting the homeless in the Fort Collins community.
The Journey of 1,000 Miles Begins with One Step
My support team and I headed out on May 1, 2019 to make this possible ... with your help.
I am traversing 1,000 miles on foot with a support car following me to raise funds for the FCMF Homeless Outreach Project. How will I do this? By setting up lemonade stands along the way, selling lemonade and collecting donations for the FCMF Homeless Outreach Program. After all, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
Join the Cause
Want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Please donate to this worthy cause.
Our goal is $50,000. This may sound like a lofty goal, but we know we will reach it, one donation at a time … and every dollar will make a difference!
Your contribution may be tax deductible and will help support the current FCMF Homeless Outreach Program. This means your donation will be used for many things:
- Upkeep of the FCMF building
- Utilities (they use lots of water and heat to provide showers for the homeless and a comfortable environment)
- Food for Saturday evening and Sunday morning meals
- Hygiene, toiletries, and basic clothing supplies for the homeless
- Purchase and installation of more lockers to safely store peoples’ belongings
- An emergency fund to assist the homeless with fuel costs, rent, medical needs
… and more. The list goes on and on.
Suffice it to say, your contribution will be put to good use!
Make your contribution online or at one of our lemonade stands along the way.
We need $50 per mile along with expense money to accomplish this goal. Please give what you can.
Partner with us and watch God go to work to fund the FCMF Homeless Outreach Program!
I will be sending updates as I travel so you'll know where I am and how I am doing.
Thank you and I’ll see you along the way.
-- Gloria Hallatt
While we were in Portland, OR, I spent quite a bit of time with a pastor named Britt at Portland Mennonite Church. They want us to come back there Sunday and we are going to try to make it. She wants me to talk to their congregation about what FCMC is doing. They are part of a group that does outreach under the West Burnside Bridge every Thursday night.
She said the number of people living in the streets of Portland is mind blowing. They have a big population of youth, ages 17 to 25, who are so lost I wish I could get some advice from Michael as to how to counsel them. It is just heartbreaking there and in Seattle – so many with so little hope.
I am feeling stronger, but the more I see, the more I realize that something on a very large scale must be done. People are just blind to the real hurt these folks are dealing with. I have run into so many who just refuse to believe that so many are living day to day with nothing but what churches can provide.
I cried for a couple of hours after we left Seattle -- my hometown is so heartless. Folks with the money are just ignoring the suffering of others.
Fortunately, I saw the ocean and it was absolutely beautiful! I send my love and prayers to all. Please do not worry; I am fine. This trip has really set a fire in my spirit and I am determined to write about it and bring the truth to light. Please keep us in your prayers.
I was saddened to learn that Portland has a homeless population in excess of thirty thousand people -- mostly families and young people! Additionally, the drug problem is horrific … mostly meth use. It was terrible to see young people with horrible sores all over their body from meth!
People are using drugs because they are lost, forlorn, and cannot see a future. Many admit they want help, but what good does it do to go to rehab, if once their days are over in treatment, they are thrown back into the streets with nothing? This cycle is really abusive and each time it occurs these poor souls are crushed, with little hope of things changing. I feel their pain, which is so deep that they often just want to escape the cruel reality of their daily lives.
We have been sleeping in hotels and at rest areas. We eat at restaurants, but I do not have much of an appetite. Fortunately, Benji enjoys eating what Marie or I don't eat. I will be in touch soon
We then embarked on our journey once more. Heading Northwest, we traveled the peaceful back roads into Ogden, Utah. We rested there for a night and headed out toward Twin Falls, Idaho. Benji and I walked 29 miles of the journey, 4 miles at a time, resting in the car in between. We arrived in Twin Falls late afternoon and set up a stand in a beautiful little park.
I was able to talk to many folks about our journey and bring light to the epidemic of Homelessness and the need for outreach and assistance to the community of those who are homeless. We received over 50 dollars in cash donations and several folks put the GoFundMe site on their phones, promising to share it with others and make further donations on payday.
We left Twin Falls inspired and hopeful. After a night of good rest, we drove into Oregon. I was tired so I did not walk on this stretch of our journey. Our first stop was Sweet Home, Oregon where we set up a stand and were quite busy with many folks from every walk of life. I spent some time talking to quite a few homeless men and women.
I learned there are little to no services available in this small town and the need for a shelter is critical. We left saddened, praying that this small town, whose very name includes the word, “Home,” would recognize the need for assistance and services, and work together to help folks who are in such dire need. The one thing that hit me hardest was the sheer number of homeless in this small community, which reinforced within me just how many folks are but a paycheck away from becoming homeless themselves.
We will be stopping in Portland for one day to set up an all-day lemonade stand. I am tired, but doing OK, and Benji is fine. I’ve been having some problems with my phone and laptop, but hope to have some photos soon. Please pray for Benji, Marie, and me as we travel, that we may have a peaceful trip, open the hearts and minds of those whom we meet, raise some money, and indeed make some real "lemonade out of lemons."