Miami and Hollywood, Fla. – Back on the streets for the ﬁrst time in two years following the covid restrictions, the Caring Place at Miami Rescue Mission (MRM) / Broward Outreach Centers (BOC) held street outreach events on Good Friday with more than 200 volunteers ministering to nearly 2,000 homeless and hungry.
With the theme, “Healing Physically and Spiritually,” and following the example of Jesus who washed the feet of His disciples, volunteers gently washed the feet of homeless men, women, and children at both centers.
At both centers, clothing, shoes and hygiene items were offered to hungry and needy guests. All guests were offered PPE and showers were provided as a special offering.
“I came to this street outreach for a meal,” attendee Sylvester said. “I saw the flyers and knew I needed to come. I felt hopeless for so long, but the people here showed me I had hope and was worth something and could do more with my life. The volunteers made me realize I deserved more and I stayed for more than a meal. I just had to make the decision to do something for myself.”
At the Miami Center, the more than 1,200 Easter baskets donated by community partners were given to at-risk children at the conclusion of the event. Staff prepared and cooked more than 200 turkeys for the event along with all the trimmings. There was a special appearance by the Easter Bunny, who took photos with the children as he gave them their Easter baskets and went to the tables to spread some cheer.
At the Broward Center, catholic rapper Communion provided a live performance with a message of Love and kept the mood fun and light.
“We strive to show love and compassion to the homeless and at-risk in our community at these outreaches, and every day,” said the Rev. Ronald Brummitt, president of The Caring Place at Miami Rescue Mission / Broward Outreach Centers.
“Thanks to the warmth generated by our incredible family of staff, volunteers, and donors, many homeless decided to come off the streets today. With time, work, and lots of love their lives will be transformed so that they can become strong, productive, independent, and renewed people. Every year formerly homeless men and women come back to tell us how one outreach event changed their entire life. Hope truly starts with a meal.”