Agencies across the Wiregrass set up stations at Harbor Church on Saturday. However, it was not for show and tell—it is part of Homeless Stand Down, an event to fight homelessness in the Wiregrass.
"So many people here don't have any idea that there's a whole other society that they don't deal with on a daily basis,” said Pastor Dwight Deal from Harbor Church.
More than 200 people are homeless in Dothan and each one has a different struggle. Harbor Church teamed with Love in Action Ministries to change these lives around.
Deal expressed, “We feel like if we don't try to reach out to the homeless, and help them to change what's causing them to be homeless, then we won't ever change that whole generation.”
The event provided clothes, blankets, and shoes. People also received a hot meal and a free health screening—something many had not had in years.
“We understand that some of these people have issues with literacy, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, so we want to help with all those areas, to help meet those needs, but also change their mindset about their life,” explained Deal.
Events like these are crucial to the struggling homeless. Pastor Deal hopes these immediate needs will eventually lead to long term solutions.
The Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless sponsored the event. If you want to donate to Homeless Stand Down, contact Pastor Deal at 334-790-4031.