Poverty and Homelessness - Serving Homeless at Shelter

Poverty and homelessness are complex issues that defy a single, simple solution. Those who are poor and without housing are among the most vulnerable among us. These issues are complex on societal, systemic and individual levels.

God calls us to care for those who are vulnerable. To love our neighbour is the second greatest commandment, after loving God. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan teaches that our neighbour is anyone who is in need.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the people of Israel and followers of Jesus were commanded to care for the foreigner, the widow and the poor. Another parable tells us that when we serve the vulnerable in our society, we are serving Christ (Matthew 25:34-36).

Government, businesses, churches and neighbourhoods all have a unique responsibility and role to play in meeting needs and finding solutions.

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