PABC Projects for Local Helpers
The following items are projects that one or more interested individuals could do to assist in our efforts to help homeless people. Our volunteer staff is already busy with our current tasks, supporting the number of people who are here. These projects are available to individuals or groups who have the skills, time and financial resources to do them themselves. We would just ask you to explain your basic plan, and then let you accomplish the task as you are able.
We have a continuing need for transportation for our homeless Guests to jobs, job interviews and appointments. If you are interested, please let us know if there are certain dates and times you can help, or the hours in which you would not mind being called. Also, please give us how many days or hours advance notice you would usually want. Please realize that you can always decline any particular request.
Some of the Guests coming to PABC need ongoing encouragement and help to regain confidence from a difficult past, to manage complex life events, to obtain a job and to find their own place to live. Some struggle with basic life skills. Most of these would do a lot better with a Christian man or woman who would visit them on a regular basis and encourage them to do the right thing. If you are interested in doing this, contact PABC to set up an initial meeting to discuss which of our existing guests you might help. If the Guest is interested, then a meeting will be set up to begin the process.
Men's Literature Rack
We would like a literature rack on the wall of the men's dorm lounge with focused information to them on various focused Christian topics: getting a job, courage, truthfulness, reading the Bible, Alcoholics Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous literature, the wisdom of Psalms and Proverbs, etc. Meeting times for local churches and Christian events are fine, but we do not want literature promoting a particular religious group or denomination as better than the others.
Norman has an excellent tract from Positive Alternatives in Caro on Abortion from a man's perspective; we need to get copies of it. We need additional literature on being responsible husbands and fathers. Norman has some tracts as well:
All Who Die Shall Live Again!
Women's Literature Rack
We would like a literature rack on the wall of the women's dorm lounge with focused information to them on various Christian topics. It would include most of the literature from the men's literature rack (described above) with a few additions just for women: becoming a good wife and mother, child care, modest dress, crisis pregnancy, etc. It should include Norman's article: "Help for the Pretty Woman".
Family Literature Rack
Like above, but we would like a rack in the family section with an emphasis on family needs. This rack should be mounted somewhere high where small children will not play with and destroy the literature.
With all of the above literature rack projects, a person with one set of skill might build the literature racks and another might furnish them with literature.
Men's Dorm Decoration
The men's dormitory needs to have posters, pictures, Bible quotes and other quotes emphasizing a masculine, Godly way of life. They should not emphasize traditional holidays (Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween, etc.) as these events often are related to parties, alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. We also would prefer not to have pictures of Jesus, angels, etc. as nobody really knows what they look like. We do not want images or items to be worshipped, but seek encouraging reminders and encouragement to a more biblical life. None of the decorating items should be so expensive or marketable as to tempt guests to steal them.
Women's Dorm Decoration
This would be similar to Men's dorm decoration, but with a charming, feminine aspect to it. Nevertheless, it should not have the over-focus on appearance that is so common in our culture:
Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God (1 Peter 3:3-4).
Thank you very much for your help.
If you are interested in helping in any of these areas, please call Norman Edwards at 989-738-7700.
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