Gentle man with a Heart full of love

Posted: June 22, 2016 in homeless, homelessness, shelters, Uncategorized

Wow I feel like I have been starting every entry with, it’s been awhile since my last post. I have changed it up a bit. I have been very busy in my life and the shelter is always busy.

The summer time normally brings a lot more people through our doors, but Homelessness is not a formula and we are here to help people in every way we can.

There has been one big change in my life over the past couple of months. My wife and I are trying to sell our Mini-Home because we were offered a position as Superintendents of an apartment building. The apartment building is designed to house people that are a little harder to house, before moving in I knew everyone that lived in the house but one person, because they have come to our shelter at one time or another. So in the future you may hear some cool stories from my house, but for now I am sticking to the shelter.

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On June 2 of 2014 James Geldart came to shelter. When someone first walks in the door we try to get their story and in a sense try to “figure them out”. James is a gentle man who loves to show his affection towards others. I love how with my job I get to meet new people every day, but the circumstances that I come to meet someone is not on the best terms. For someone to come to our shelter some crappy stuff would have had to happen to them. Maybe they were evicted, new to the city, homeless because of a drug addiction the list can continue, but for James it was because he had some troubles in his marriage to his wife.

James is an extremely nice man who wants to help in any way he can. In years past he has worked in call centers and was a leader with Scouts Canada. He came to shelter with a big financial burden, where he was paying for a storage unit for both his wife’s and his belongings, and was paying for a car that was not able to be driven because of complications. Between the storage unit and his car payment his finances were strapped, but his faith in God was strong.

James prays to God every day, and seeks to bring his son up in the ways of the Lord. It was hard to move James on from our shelter because of his financial difficulties.  We moved him into our Step Up program and allowed him to volunteer to pay for his rent; James was very appreciative of this and enjoyed volunteering. We decided after a few months of him volunteering that we would make him an Intern. Interns at our facility is different depending on the area that they choose to intern, at shelter someone could be the breakfast cook, help on the floor and do overnights. James has done all the above. His internship has been completed, but we have hired him part time until the end of the summer.

It has been very interesting watching James journey from two years ago to now. He is definitely a part of our family now. I think it was while he was still staying in shelter he felt the Lord tell him to open his own charity. James has been working on that for a while now, and has gotten all his ducks in a row, and is waiting for God to provide the land.

Please pray with me for the success of James charity, also that the Lord directs him in the steps He has for him. Please also be praying for James family as he tries to reconcile with his wife. Bless you James and I thank you for all you do.

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  1. James Geldart says:

    don’t thank me thank GOD because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

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