As we close another year, I reflect on all I have seen God accomplish this year at OurCalling. We have worked with over 10,000 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness throughout Dallas County, including families, the elderly, those fleeing trafficking and domestic violence, and those who have suffered untold abuse and trauma. We have a very complex system for helping people — using innovative technology, building trust, and tracking results. At OurCalling, we simplify this complex process with two primary questions. We ask, “Will you trust the Lord?” and “Will you let us help you off the streets?”
“Will you trust the Lord?” can be a difficult question for people who have lived through trauma, suffered extreme abuse, or are victims of significant violence. Some have lost their families and jobs and been dealt a terrible hand. Nearly everyone we meet has become homeless through a combination of three things: lack of financial resources, lack of community, and a crisis event.
I’m often asked, “Why do they choose to be homeless?” And I can tell you, after working with thousands of people on the streets, no one wants to sleep in the rain, be exposed to the elements, or suffer the abuse and violence of the streets. However, the alternatives are often difficult to accept.
One of the most challenging parts of our job is getting a “yes.” Yes, we want our neighbors to trust the Lord. Yes, we want our neighbors to let us help them off the streets. In the fog and chaos of homelessness, it can be difficult to trust God or His people.
And yet, by God’s grace, we do. In the past 12 months, we helped people exit homelessness 1,456 times because of a “yes.” Those individuals started a permanent process to exit the streets and start a whole new life. Pause and thank the Lord for that. That’s a ton of people who have found a new life and freedom through rehab, medical facilities, shelters, recovery programs, and housing. And each of those people not only exited the streets but took significant steps to start walking with Jesus.
The support of our donors is why we have impacted the lives of so many. When you give to OurCalling, you are not an observer but an active participant in loving your neighbor as yourself. Thank you for joining us in saying “yes.” Our impact is your impact.