HAZARD — The Second Chance Mission hosted a “Day of Prayer” for the homeless in Perry County. The community gathering took place on Thursday at the Second Chance Mission in Hazard at noon.
A circle was formed in the parking lot of Second Chance Mission by members of the community. Several pastors from different churches then went one by one to pray. They prayed for the safety of the homeless during the turbulent time after the closing of the homeless shelter on Monday.
“It is a dire situation for the homeless. I don’t know the plans for the homeless shelter. I don’t know if it is opening back up or not, but the homeless shelter was a beacon for the people that had nowhere to go,” said Pastor of Blair Memorial Baptist Church Joseph Engle.
Engle is also a police officer for the Hazard Police Department. He sees the struggles of homeless first-hand in Perry County on his way home from work.
He believes Christians need to come together and help those in need.
“The work of a Christian is out here in the field. There is plenty of work to do out here. Christians need to take help take care of other people,” said Engle.
Engle said the community needs to be united in helping take care of the less fortunate; regardless if they are from Perry County or not.
He said that being homeless does not make you a bad person or criminal.
“They’re still a human regardless. We need to take care of them,” said Engle.
Head Missionary of Second Chance Mission Sarah Burton had this to say about the homeless shelter closing in Perry County, ” We failed as a community. “
Burton said Second Chance Mission is taking up donations of tents, blankets, sleeping bags, hand warmers, socks, and easy to eat food items.
On Saturday, The Sons of God motorcycle club offered a free luncheon at Second Chance Mission for those in need. They also gave away 100 blankets to those in need.
”We would love more people/organizations to schedule hot meals on days we are open,” said Burton.
Burton said the only thing the organizations need to do is message Second Chance Mission on their Facebook page and they would add them to the calendar.
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TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.