Recently I took the opportunity to go with a group of people from Harvest and help as a volunteer at the Fred Jordan Mission in Los Angeles. It was a sobering reminder that even though we live in the paradise known as Southern California with its lavish lifestyles of the rich and the famous, there are areas just around the corner filled with homeless people who are in need of basic necessities. Skid row is one of those places. Just outside the bling and glamour of Hollywood it is an area which most people gladly and purposefully avoid.
Fred Jordan began his ministry in 1944 helping the homeless of LA. Not only by providing food and necessities but also providing spiritual food which has the power to transform lives for the better. Many who are on the streets have been ravaged by drug addiction and poverty; they are hopeless. The Fred Jordan Mission provides hope with the gospel of Jesus Christ and feeds the body with the best food on skid row (seriously, look at the photos). Groups of volunteers head out on the street and first personally invite people to the afternoon chapel and lunch, then help prepare and distribute the food to those who come.
If you have never volunteered to help those who are homeless, I would urge you to spend a part of your day at the Fred Jordan Mission in LA. Find out more about their incredible history and mission here.