Talbot House Ministries was founded to be a place of hope for people who had lost hope: the hungry, the homeless, and the poor. Through the love of God, Talbot House provides those in need with immediate basic services and opportunities for life renewal. But why?

Why care about the hungry, the homeless, and the poor? Why reach out a hand to those in need? Why show compassion to a stranger?

According to the Homeless Coalition of Polk County, there are over 500 homeless individuals in Polk County at any given time. Domestic violence, identity theft, mental illness, substance abuse, and disabilities can all lead to homelessness; but those aren’t the only factors.

More than half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. It only takes one event – an emergency hospital visit, an unexpected change in employment, or, as we saw last year, a worldwide pandemic – to put people at risk of homelessness.

Homelessness doesn’t discriminate—it can happen to anyone.

Did you know the Bible has over 2,000 references to the poor? All throughout Scripture we are told to love thy neighbor and care for others as if caring for Christ. God’s love is for all people, and His call to share that love is for all people.

Here are 5 Bible verses about helping the poor:

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Luke 14:13-14 NKJV

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:37-40 NKJV

Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.
Proverbs 21:13 NKJV

For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’
Deuteronomy 15:11 NKJV

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
James 2:15-16 NKJV

So, how can you help?

Donate to a homeless shelter.
Volunteer at a food pantry.
Keep care packs in your car for when you drive by someone in need.
Teach compassion. Pray for those in need.

Join Talbot House Ministries in ending homelessness. Our brothers and sisters need us.