On Friday, April 24th, Angels Academy was not filled with students standing on the lawn but people sleeping on the lawn. People from the community came out and experienced being ‘Homeless for a Night’ during Joseph & Sarah Caring for Vets inaugural event. Many gave up the comfort of their homes to take on the challenge and gain awareness and empathy of a growing situation that many of our service men and women face daily.
Denise Leak founder of Joseph & Sarah Caring for Vets said “Last night was an eye opening experience to have slept through the night while your mind was constantly on the weather.” “It rained three separate times. Each time was short, and with each rain drop I was talking to God, and asking him to let it be the last… lol.” Denise knew that she and others were outside by choice, but that is not the case for many of our service men and women. This organization is a true example of Leviticus 25:35 “If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.
Joseph & Sarah Caring for Vets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing for homeless veterans. The organization was formed in 2010, the staff and board of directors simply have a love for their fellow veterans. After seeing many of them laying in the streets of Atlanta and other cities, they have decided to invest their time and energy in showing them (homeless veterans) that they are not forgotten. Their mission is “To become the “center of excellence” in ending homelessness among our veterans. They strive to assist our fellow veterans in obtaining their independence, self-sufficiency and other life skill needs.”
Joseph & Sarah Caring for Vets aphorism is “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20. This is so befitting of this organization. To learn more about Joseph & Sarah Caring for Vets log on to www.jandshouse.org or like them at Facebook and follow them on Twitter @caringforvets.
Written By Etta Hicks