Have you felt the loneliness of isolation since the pandemic hit? Some of you have been unable to hug grandkids or grandparents. Some have missed out on much needed human contact in order to be physically safe.

Isolation in and of itself effects the emotional state of a person who is not dealing with homelessness. But for those who struggle with homelessness, the effects on the body and emotion are far greater. Isolation contributes to depression, mental illness, sometimes leading to hallucinations or worse. When a person is dealing with homelessness, society further isolates those people out of fear and lack of understanding. There is a limited support system for the homeless and those dealing with chronic homelessness often have a shorter life span.

So how can you help? Here at the Mission, we are part of the much needed support system for those folks. When you support PCM, you are part of that support system, too. Our staff and volunteers are here to show kindness and compassion. The simple act of looking someone in the eyes with acceptance, no matter their condition, and allowing them to share their pain, speaks volumes.

Did you know we have a Free Clinic? In the past year, we have seen an increase in people suffering with anxiety, depression and mental illness. Our provider has never shut down due to the pandemic – he’s still seeing patients on Zoom and he’s always taking new patients, so people with no insurance or Medicaid should be encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity for free treatment.

We also have a church on our campus. At Connections, we not only offer worship services, but a community that gives those people dealing with homelessness a place to feel accepted and unconditionally loved. We offer prayer, council, and caring human interaction.

Over 90% of our funding comes from individuals, churches, organizations, and local businesses! Your financial support allows us to offer the kind of support our precious guests need. Any amount helps!

Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to do all we can for the most vulnerable. God has been gracious to us as we strive to be His hands and feet.

Happy Easter, and God’s rich blessings!
Pastor Tom

 

Practical Help:

PCM Free Clinic:
One of the services the clinic offers is mental health support. It’s free for those with no insurance. If you or someone you know is in need of some help and is also uninsured, contact Pat at PHupp@pcmlincoln.org to get started.

Connections:
Connections is a church on our campus open to anyone. It is a place of genuine connection (thus the name!), fellowship for current and former guests, and for community members who have a heart for the homeless. If you are someone who is willing to love folks where they are and let God work in His timing, we’d love to have you volunteer at Connections. We need people who love Jesus and have a heart for the impoverished and a willingness to serve. Our church is truly a mission field. If you would like to volunteer at Connections, contact Pastor DeeJay at Connections@pcmlincoln.org to get started.

Prayer:
We believe that prayer is one of the most important things you can do for our guests, and you don’t even have to leave home. If you need prayer for something for yourself, send your requests to Prayer@pcmlincoln.org and our staff will gladly add you to our weekly prayer list.

YES, we are accepting donations at the Help Center and Toss Boxes. We are helping more families than ever, and your donations of food, clothing and other items are greatly appreciated!
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