SOS event a success
Once in a while things just come together in a way that you know something more than just ourselves made it happen. Last year at the first annual Payson Save Our Streets outreach we had two months to bring things together. This year we had three weeks. While we did not serve quite as many people as last year, we had more churches involved and more agencies to help those that came by. They received personal service and were treated by those involved as special guests. Which they were. We were there for them and hopefully we were able to help them in some way.
I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who helped make the Second Annual Payson S.O.S. (Save Our Streets) outreach to those in need another great success. I would like to thank Joe Corrigan from the Hope House as well as Roscoe, Carla, Linda, and Debbie from The Overcomer’s Church. I would like to thank Tim McDonald from Church for the Nations for setting up and sharing an informational video about Celebrate Recovery. I would like to thank Christine Krauss from Calvary Chapel and Sandy Navarro from Mountain Bible Church as well as her husband Pete and his wonderful band. Now that was some awesome music.
I would like to thank the 20 plus volunteers from Church on the Street in Phoenix and Gallup, NM., especially Pastor Daniel Blackwin and his wonderful eight month pregnant wife Natalie as well as her assistant Cody. Pastor Walt Rattray who founded Church on the Street in 1985 and his lovely wife Louene took time out of their incredibly busy schedules to come up from the Valley and encourage everyone.
A big thank you to the Gideons who donated two boxes of New Testaments, and to Haley from Magellan Care who was there to help those in attendance sign up for AHCCCS as well as Elsa from Gila County Community Action Program helping attendees sign up for county services and Paola and Perla from North Country Health Care. I cannot forget all of the donations received that made this event possible. The donations from the awesome, generous people of the Rim Country. The contributions from Safeway, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and Denny’s locally as well as Midwest Food Bank, Savers, and Heidi Hemp from Phoenix were greatly appreciated. Thank you so much to all who helped out. I apologize if I forgot anyone, there were so many involved.
Thank you to the Roundup, KRIM, KMOG, KPJM, Simone Lake, Dorine Prine and so many others for helping us get the word out.
The Sunday before the outreach I had just been on Arden Edgell’s Rock-n-Revival Radio show promoting the event. As I settled in to my car for the drive up to Pine after stopping by the store there was a gentleman at the corner with a sign for help. I was very comfortable in my car and just wanted to get home. God had other plans. He clearly told me to go and give him a flyer for the S.O.S. event. The gentleman told me he was homeless and had been camping in the forest. The smile on his face after I told him about the outreach was more than enough. However, not only did he show up both days and visited with us and ate well, had a nice shower, he went with Church on the Street to their new center in Gallup, has entered their program and is off the street. That alone made the event worthwhile to me. On top of that, we were able to help around 150 more people with daily necessities including food, clothes hygiene supplies and other needs. Laundry was done and showers were taken. Around 20 haircuts were given for free. Many, many hamburgers and hot dogs were served, and there were four public baptisms. We gave away much information about Jesus Christ as we are unapologetically Christian. There were some great speakers, great music and an incredible amount of wonderful fellowship.
I would like to thank Mayor Tom Morrissey and his lovely wife Kris for their support and for stopping by. And lastly, I would like to thank Pastor Joe Hittle from Calvary Chapel for all of his help and for the use of the facilities.
Bob Hugeri, Pine
Church on the Street, Payson