They ride the same subways, sit on the same park benches and walk the same streets that we do but often go unnoticed. But unlike most of us, those place are not merely means of transportation or momentary rest but a place to sleep at night. More than 3000 men and women call the streets home, preferring a subway car or a cardboard box on a sidewalk to what has become increasingly, at best a hard bed to find and at worst unsafe and even dangerous environment among the shelters of NYC.
And if we are honest, many of us turn a blind eye to their plight in the midst of our commutes and travels around the city.
Don't Walk By is a yearly opportunity that help New Yorkers see the city differently. This is an annual outreach where volunteers sign up for a Saturday in February and walk through the streets of Manhattan to offer every single homeless person or those in need food, warm clothing, a blanket and the opportunity to get off the streets and enter a shelter and residential program through an alliance of organizations.
Some of you reading this might think, "I don't live in Manhattan" [and I know Brooklyn is THE borough] but this outreach provides the opportunity to see my commute, workplace and neighborhoods differently and then put into practice some of the lessons learned from the opportunity in the daily experience of living in NYC. Second, it will also provide access to resources to have on hand when you see, engage with and maybe even befriend those who many have turned a blind eye to or worse moved subway seats to avoid.
Jesus didn't turn a blind eye to our needs, and He continues to see us in our brokenness and care for us in the midst of it. Don't Walk By provides the opportunity to see the city with His eyes and be His hands extending His care to those in need around us
You can sign up HERE and find out more HERE