Some of our folks are older men with no place to go. These men do not have jobs, but they do have someone who will help them with their fees, or they receive Social Security or some retirement from a previous employer. We provide safe, affordable, clean housing, so they are able to spend their twilight years with people who care for them. These are fellows whose families moved on during their incarceration, or, frankly, the families are not functional enough to take care of a man who spent forty years in prison.
We care for them. Some of the older men will die with us. Others will stay in one of our residences until their medical needs worsen beyond our ability to tend to them. We will not ever just send them away.
Late last year, one of our residents did worsen to the point we could not meet his needs We found it necessary to reconnect him with family. Jointly, we made the decision to help him find a decent Nursing Home where he could get the medical supervision he needed.
We have residents who are in their seventies and others in their eighties. Our oldest resident got sick over the weekend. Other residents tended to him overnight. One of our supervisors then loaded him up in the car and took him to a doctor. He is better today. We have every hope he will get better and live with us for years to come.
Does this strike a chord with you? Does this resonate? Please imagine you are an older person, estranged from family, living on a small, fixed income. During your time away, friends died or moved or just are not able (or willing) to help you make it through the day. Now, imagine you get sick. You do not own a car How do you get what you need, or get where you need to go?
Who advocates for you? There are services out there, but how would you know about them? You can call 911 but this just burdens the public system.
Now, imagine you are set down in a community of persons who will see to your needs. Imagine you are offered companionship, fellowship and that most elusive of attributes of old age, love. Since these angels minister to you, you will be constantly reassured of this; you will not be abandoned. Yes, you must keep the basic rules our ministry must have for residents. Yes, you must pay your fees, though there have been many, many times we have “floated” a fellow for months.
You are loved. You may be old, but you do not have to be alone. You may be ill, but you do not have to suffer alone.
One of our older men told me, “I deserved every day I spent in prison. I messed up. If your ministries had not come along, I would either be living in a box under a bridge, or I would have to go back to jail. I think God for your ministries.”
To learn more about us, go to our website at www.chainsofgrace.org. Please know we are privately funded, so we try to make it easy for you to donate to this work. Simply click on one of the Donate boxes, fill in the information required for our Pay Pal account and indicate the amount you wish to give.
We treasure all gifts. If you can, click on the Monthly giving spot on our Pay Pal account, so you donate to us automatically each month. Please only give what you really can give. Some folks get very excited about helping us and commit to an amount beyond what they can give. Don’t do that.
If you prefer to write checks, you can send any amount to our hard mail address:
Chains of Grace
PO Box 1344
We advertise my phone number. It is 972-740-1917. Do you want to visit with me about this ministry? Call me.
Pray for us.