Atlanta Homeless Ministry: Several times a year we distribute an average of 350 personal hygiene kits to the homeless on the streets of Atlanta. Since starting this ministry in 2010, we have distributed more than 5,000 kits. Our goal is to distribute 2,000 kits a year.
This ministry happens in three phases:
- Collection of supplies (see below) year-round.
- Assembly: Either in advance (usually at First Christian Church of Decatur) or in place of our regular Church Without Walls service at picnic Pavilion 2 in Candler Park.
- Distribution on the streets of Atlanta.
Here are the (mostly travel size) ingredients in a basic personal hygiene kit:
- Soap (15 cents)
- Safety razor (16 cents)
- Wash cloth (22 cents)
- Tissues (13 cents)
- Cotton swabs (15 cents)
- Dental floss (8 cents)
- Adhesive bandages (9 cents)
- Comb (10 cents)
- Toothbrush (10 cents)
- Toothpaste (13 cents)
- Sanitary wipes (7 cents)
- Shampoo (22 cents)
- Deodorant (67 cents)
- Condoms (great for keeping medications dry) FREE
- Gallon food storage bag (19 cents)
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Here are some other supplies we add to the kits when they’re available:
- Sanitary napkins
- Athletic socks
- Shaving cream
- Insect repellent
- Nail clippers
We also welcome donations of plastic storage tubs we can use to manage our inventory.
The history of this ministry is that we’ve always been involved in issues connected to homelessness in metro Atlanta. In 2010 we started distributing lunches to Atlanta’s homeless. While doing that, we identified personal hygiene as an unmet need. So we began distributing hygiene kits along with lunches. Now we distribute hygiene kits exclusively on a quarterly basis.
And day to day, in our own small way, one person at a time, we’ve helped many people find housing, food, employment, transportation and many other things they might need to take the next step in life. Some of them stay and become part of our family. And the gift goes on.
When we’re not in the park, you’re likely to find us at the table whenever people in the community meet to tackle the problems of homelessness and hunger in our abundant city.
We also collect clothing, non-perishable food items and teddy bears for our ministries to the homeless, hungry and sick.