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How the American Church Can Serve the Homeless of Their Communities in the Wake of Covid-19
While we are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 the homeless are paying an especially high price and the ministries that serve them are stretched beyond imagination. In a recent poll by Barna only 2% of churches polled said they were trying to mobilize people and resources to serve the vulnerable of their communities. While this pandemic may create a lot of uncertainty about how we do church on a weekly basis we can’t lose sight of our role and responsibility to be engaged with the homeless and poor relationally, responsibly, and compassionately. Hear what those on the frontlines need most from the America church.

*Voices From the Frontlines is an initiative of Significant Matters in partnership with ministries on the frontlines asking the question; “What do you need most from the American Church as you seek to serve the poor and vulnerable in dignified, effective and sustainable ways?”

Aug 13, 2020 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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James Whitford | Panelist
Executive Director @Watered Gardens Ministries
“We exist to serve the Church in its mission to help the poor." James Whitford and his wife, Marsha co-founded Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in 2000, now a 50 bed mission working with the homeless and poor, meeting about 20,000 needs every year. He also directs the True Charity Initiative, calling communities to effective charity and freedom from welfare through connecting non-profits, educating community and advocating improved public policy.
Mike Saccocio | Panelist
Executive Director @City Mission of Schenectady
"Even as our culture drifts farther away from a Biblical world-view, there are now great opportunities for the church to gain influence and make an even greater impact in our communities. " Michael Saccocio is executive director and CEO of City Mission in Schenectady, New York. In addition to this role he has taken the lead in establishing an on-going, multi-sector initiative called Schenectady Bridges to help promote the “Bridges out of Poverty” framework as a citywide movement, linking social, business, education, healthcare, and faith-based sectors.
Tom Bassford | Host
Founder & President @Significant Matters @Significant Matters
Tom Bassford is founder and President of Significant Matters, a nonprofit organization working with churches and other faith-based groups wanting to move beyond the "helping that hurts" narrative. Before founding Significant Matters, he pastored for over 30 years and has been involved in the work of church missions both locally and internationally for over 40 years. “Our particular niche is to help churches reframe missions around sustainable solutions and create room for business-minded people who can help that happen.”