Serving at the Midnight Mission
I have always had a special place in my heart for giving back. I recently started #LoveCuresAllHate and started doing events with Coupla Guys and Gals and I feel like I’ve found a family of like-minded individuals. I’m always super pumped for every event I go to, I look forward to reconnecting with friends as well as doing all that I can for others in need.
I recently did an event with C3GB where we went down to The Midnight Mission and served meals to the homeless. If you’re not familiar with The Midnight Mission, it’s ultimately a help center for those who have lost their way and are currently homeless. The Mission offers a road to self-sufficiency for those who want and/or need the help getting back on their feet. Not only do they offer a 12-step program to sobriety from drugs and alcohol, they also offer education classes, socialization, and job training. We got to take the tour and it was awesome.
Now, the location of The Midnight Mission is gnarly, it’s right on Skid Row, which is the most dangerous street in LA. There are color-coded tents all around the Mission and each color tent depicts what kind of drugs are sold within those tents…I’m talking heroine, crack, cocaine, weed, whatever you can think of, it’s right there.
I’m not gonna lie, when I drove up, I was a little nervous. I grew up in Southern California but never dared to go to Skid Row. I had no idea what to expect so when I got there I was shocked. My initial thought was, “Sh*t, I shouldn’t have driven here alone!” No joke.
Once I got inside the mission (there was secure parking below), I was greeted by the friendliest of faces! My worry and nervousness quickly went away. I was pumped to be there and ready to serve
Once the doors opened to the public, the line was nonstop. I think we served over 500 people – men, women, children. It was eye opening to see people from all walks of life passing through the line. I saw a few people who were dressed in their own funky style which made me smile because even through the hardships, they still find ways to be spunky, I loved it. I also saw people who looked like they would have been my friend, people just like you and me who didn’t want to be homeless but through bad decisions ended up at the Mission. It was surprising, I realize I had an ignorant view of being homeless. This experience has opened my mind even more.
I left this experience with a huge smile on my face. I was so happy to look into each and every person’s eyes and smile at them for just a second or ask how their day was. Even though life is rough, I appreciate the things I have and am trying to not take them for granted. I truly love what the Midnight Mission stands for and can’t wait for the next time I can serve there.
I encourage you all to step outside your comfort zone, don’t back out when you’re scared!
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