Man. Things just keep getting crazier.
Humanity Reboxed had two events planned early this month, both of which will be postponed. The first, our online store launch, is not being promoted. We believe that there are more important things to focus on as a community rather than promoting an online store. The store is available through our website, but we will not be promoting it for the time being.
Secondly, we had our first outreach of the summer planned on June 7th, but the area we go to has been the center point of protests and riots. First off, many homeless people who are typically in the area have moved or been moved due to the current events. Secondly, we have been told it might not be the safest or best option to perform the kind of outreaches we do just yet. We will hold these events off for the time being.
We are directing our funding planned for this event to our children’s ministry. In order to be able to sponsor more children, we need 5 monthly donors at $10. Please consider helping out and donating to help young children living in poverty break the cycle they are living in.
Our July clean-up day is in full swing though. This is going to be Humanity Reboxed's largest event yet, hosting 5 clean up teams positioned throughout the city to clean up areas and improve the quality of life for not only area residents but also the homeless people that are in the area. Check out the events page to sign-up.
We are working on launching a podcast titled 'If Not Me, Then Who?' It will dive into topics of serving the impoverished communities and what that looks like. There is not a launch date yet but stay tuned for more information.
Personally, I am taking this time to try to learn as much as possible. Whether it be about race relations, systemic problems, or how the homeless have been treated in the midst of all this, I have shifted my thought process into a learning perspective. There is so much I am unaware of that I need to be more intentional with what I do and say.
Stay safe. Love others.
Thank you for supporting our organization. I cannot thank you enough for supporting our poverty relief efforts in California. We have seen God move in all of our outreaches and our recently launched Prayer Coalition. We could not be doing this without you and we are so excited for the future. Recently, our Board of Directors had a new Vice President, Christina Nakao, join. The future is bright and we are ready to see God move. We are looking to involve more evangelism during our outreach. We know this can be a touchy subject and can very often misrepresent what the mission of Jesus is, so we are treading lightly and thoughtfully. Your prayers are much appreciated.
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Humanity Reboxed is joining The Prayer Coalition in efforts to unite Christians in the midst of these unsettling times.
Each day, members will receive a daily text, video, or image to pray over from a different member of Humanity Reboxed. Uniting as a community to pray over specific things will create a powerful movement in our country.
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On December 23rd, Humanity Reboxed took a group of 8 volunteers to Cesar Chavez Plaza in Downtown Sacramento for a homeless outreach event. During the day, the HR outreach team provided the homeless in the area with 100 sandwiches by Pocket Deli and 70 hygiene kits built by Humanity Reboxed.
The group of 8 volunteers included 5 first-timers! It was an amazing day full of smiles, laughter and happy tears. Our team was able to reconnect with individuals that we have built connections with over the years and make new friends.
While the stories are still rolling in, we want to focus in on one particular man we met. His name was James and he grew up in Oak Park. He's 28 years old and just recently became homeless. After speaking more to him, he was doing the best he can to get off the streets...he recently got a job at Golden One Center and was excited for the future. James was a smart yet humble guy. He approached us at our table, received his items, and asked where he could find a tent to get out of the rain during the winter and store his stuff. After further conversation, instead of pointing him to yet another service, we decided to get him a small hiking tent for him to stay in until he can make enough money for a deposit on an apartment.
When we gave him his new tent, his eyes filled with tears and he was overwhelmed with emotion; walking away after getting out a shaky 'thank you.'
We were able to do exactly what we set out for: to come alongside someone who is need of help this Christmas and show the joy that Christ provides. Thank you for being apart of Humanity Reboxed's mission.
An official outreach video will be released soon, produced by Matt Moura.
HR's next outreach is planned to happen on January 25th at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Humanity Reboxed is proud to announce that it is conducting a research project to understand and develop new strategies towards poverty alleviation. The project is looking particularly at 4 main categories of homelessness in the state of California in attempt to reinvent outreaches and street ministry programs.
The project will answer questions regarding the cause of homelessness, the phycological challenges that trap people in the cycle of poverty, education and its role in poverty alleviation, and back to work programs that equip homeless individuals with the tools needed to rejoin the workforce. Understanding these aspects of poverty will assist in outreach and program development.
By January of 2020, Humanity Reboxed hopes to have developed and launched a program that attacks all aspects of poverty, redesigning outreaches that effectively make a difference for the community. The findings and results of the project will be published at www.HumanityReboxed.com.
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity in them, how can the love of God be that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth.” 1 John 3:17
On April 20th, Humanity Reboxed took an outreach team to Cesar Chavez park in downtown Sacramento to provide the homeless with food and hygiene kits. The team handed out over 70 hygiene kits and 90 sandwiches.
The awesome day full of conversation, prayer, and connection couldn't have been better. The team connected with multiple individuals and engaged in insightful conversation regarding biblical topics. One team member was even given the opportunity to share the gospel with a Muslim man.
There were multiple 'first-time' volunteers on the outreach. The overall response was that the day was extremely "humbling." The team was able to connect with individuals in wheelchairs, women who were struggling with their health, people who were starving, and even very intelligent people. The day was a constant reminder that the people living on the streets in our city are people with stories and families. The hunger for conversation was vivid and real. The experience was a fantastic demonstration of God's great love He has for all of His people.
Outreaches like this cannot happen without your help! Consider becoming a monthly donor to help our homeless neighbors in need.
On March 17th, 2019, Humanity Reboxed took a group of students from Azusa Pacific University to serve the homeless near Union Station in Los Angeles. The group handed out 90 sandwiches and three cases of water.
Beginning at a park across from Union Station, HR set up as homeless people laying in the grass watched with a curious eye. Soon, they would walk toward the small group of five students to grab a sandwich, a bottle of water, and a cheerful greeting.
One man who was in his 50's took out his guitar and started playing with a student. They talked and played for a full hour. The group also met a veteran from the airforce who is now pursuing his dream of being an artist after an awful head on collision with a car while he was riding his bike. This awesome individual even let HR pray for him and his health. Additionally, HR was able to assist an immigrant from Puerto Rico obtain a metro pass to find work.
After spending well over an hour at the park, the group loaded up into their car and drove through Skid Row, stopping at tents to hand out the remaining sandwiches and bottles of water.
This outreach was made possible by the amazing volunteers and donations by supporters. Humanity Reboxed thanks everyone who has supported the growth of homeless outreach in Los Angeles.
On November 20th, Humanity Reboxed traveled to Sacramento to provide to the homeless. HR handed out 170 hygiene kits, 120 Jimmy John sandwiches, and provided water and prayer for those living on the streets.
Based at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento, the team set up a food table, where homeless individuals could come up and take what they need. They were welcomed with open arms as we created conversation and prayed with those who desired it.
Two teams took hygiene kits and walked the city, creating conversation and providing hygiene kits for those who needed it.
We met a man named Gregory, an extremely kind, older gentleman from North Dakota. He came to Sacramento when he was younger when he married his wife. Now, he is trying to make it to San Francisco to see his son.
We prayed over a woman named Debra, who lost her husband a year before and became homeless shortly after.
The event was awesome. The overjoyed response we received from the homeless in the area was overwhelming. Humanity Reboxed volunteers were able to be the light in a dark place for some people.
On behalf of everyone at Humanity Reboxed, we thank you for your support of our mission.
Today, Humanity Reboxed is working relentlessly to provide for those on the streets. With planned outreaches approaching in November and December, the HR team would love to provide everyone with an update on how the organization is running. Here are some quick facts:
1) Humanity Reboxed has provided over $3,400 worth of supplies to the homeless living on the streets.
2) Humanity Reboxed has increasingly spread awareness about homelessness in Sacramento through social media, breaking over 150 likes on Facebook and over 150 followers on Instagram.
3) Humanity Reboxed plans on having it's first outreach in Los Angeles in March of 2019. Stay tuned for more information.
4) Humanity Reboxed is currently finishing and submitting a tax-exempt status request to the IRS.
While only being incorporated for less than a year, Humanity Reboxed has strived to put others first. Beginning in January, our goal is to be involved or host at least one community building event each month.
The high school Student Ambassador Program is growing as well, with up to 12 high-school members.
As our ministry grows, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or comments. We strive to as open and transparent as possible with the public!
You can be apart of this growing organization as well. Below are links to how you can get involved!
Be a volunteer
Join the team
Sponsor a kit
Humanity Reboxed is a relatively new organization, and many wonder what we stand for and believe. Here at HR, we know that we cannot change the world in one day, but we strive to create a small, lasting impact at every possible opportunity.
Humanity Reboxed strives...
- to provide physical necessities to the homeless;
- to cater to the immediate needs of a homeless person;
- to provide emotional and spiritual support through interaction;
- to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that benefits those in need.
We believe in the Christian faith as a source of hope, and use it in our daily interactions with the homeless. We strive to have an experienced Pastor or Church Leader on our Outreach trips.
We stand on a firm foundation in our calling to provide for those in need. Join the movement today and sponsor a box for someone who needs it.