We get a lot of questions of what it is like to volunteer so we asked one of our volunteers to write a guest post on what Project WARM volunteering means to them. We could not have asked for a better post!
Volunteering for Project Warm has been a great experience for me. I have also continued my friendships by participating in Project WARM-UP and volunteering at Broadway Christian Parish UMC. It is wonderful being part of a ministry that leads others to God. We help serve a need by giving the men a place to sleep and eat, but what we do by becoming their friends is worth so much more. Watching them change their lives – getting rid of addictions, turning their lives over to God, moving into treatments, etc. is the real goals.
I can say that volunteering for Project Warm has changed my life as well. I have made some wonderful friends – volunteers and guests through this ministry. It has given me a new compassion for others.
It has made me strive for better, more real friendships that are pleasing to God.
I am so excited about the coming year. I have met several men that have became homeless in the last few months. They are so grateful for a warm place to stay. They have heard the great things about Project Warm. Also, I think it is a real testimony that it is continuing on. A lot of ministries start and then go away after a year. The men know that people really do care. That the volunteers did not just do something for one year and forget about them. Also, I am excited that I have several friends that have never been part of Project Warm and they are going to volunteer this year. I don’t think a day has gone by in the last several months that I have not mentioned Project Warm somewhere throughout the day.
I know God calls us to help the homeless. To treat them the way we would want to be treated – better than we would want to be treated.
These men could be our fathers, brothers, sons, or even US.
We have God in our lives. If we did not – where would we be? I believe that God will move greatly through this ministry this year. So many are praying for lives to be changed – and I believe He will be changing even more lives than last year. Maybe even YOURS!!!
Dana Bunch – 2013