Sage's Annual Christmas Even Sleepout in Support of Homeless Pregnant Moms
Last year it was near blizzard conditions and freezing cold. This year is supposed to be raining and 40 degrees. I honestly don't know which is worse.
Would I rather stay at home under the glow of my Christmas Tree and beautiful family on Christmas Eve night? You bet I would.
But that's the whole point. Homelessness is not a choice. It is something that happens to you inch by inch. No one chooses to spend Christmas Eve night alone, outside in a tent in a city that scorns you and judges you.
Mother Mary was a 14 year old pregnant teen that NO ONE offered a place to sleep. "No room at the Inn" was the chant she heard over and over again.. She was due to give birth any minute. And NO ONE took her in.
You would think we would have at least learned that lesson about the story of Jesus... help pregnant moms. But 2000 years later and it appears we have learned nothing. I regularly see pregnant moms living outside until the very day of her birth.
The pro-life people don't shelter her. The bleeding heart liberals don't shelter her. THE CHURCHES DON'T SHELTER HER. No one shelters her.
But I try.
I shelter considerably fewer people than I used to, thanks to a cold and heartless city that cares more about zoning laws and gentrification than pregnant moms (ironically lead by a Catholic mayor, no less.)
But I still shelter people (illegally) despite the forces of the government slowly but surely ratcheting down on me.
Today we shelter about 10 people in our house, garage, 2 tiny houses and 1 tent. We have a shower, toilet, stationary tubs, internet and phone available to any and all homeless people that need it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This happens at the Houseless Movement House and Garden.
I was talking with this group about what they would like next. They suggested a canopy of some sort. We meet every Sunday morning at 10am in the Garden at 85 Kent Place in Akron Ohio. (You are invited as well.).
We meet outside no matter the weather. Sometimes the rain and freezing wind is a little distracting. So, a canopy would be a nice addition for our group.
No matter what we raise, we will get something. It could be as simple as a car port. Or it could be as lovely as a wooden outdoor gazebo.
You are always there for us. I'm will be eternally grateful for all your support.
Thank you so much for everything you do. You are the reason I believe in the deep, eternal goodness of humanity.