The issue of poverty is widespread. There is a significant amount of homeless people in the United States. While this is true, there is not a lot being done to get some of the homeless people off of the street. New Life Mission founder Reverend Grace Kim, is taking action in her community the best way she can, by helping those who are in need. Reverend Kim is a religious leader and advocate for the homeless.
Reverend Kim felt that God led her to the area that she is in for a reason. Living in one of the poorest areas, downtown Fayetteville, Reverend Kim maintains a homeless shelter for men and women of all ages. New Life Mission is a non profit organization that caters to those who are in need of food and shelter. Reverend Kim believes that poverty is a serious issue in Cumberland and surrounding counties, especially Robeson, which is one of the poorest counties in the United States.
“Some people think of poverty and homelessness as a day job, but it doesn’t go away at night,” Reverend Kim said.
Reverend Kim’s homeless shelter is in an area that has been poverty stricken for many years. She says that the seriousness of poverty is at an all time high. Over the last few years, there have been several robberies at New Life Mission.
“They took the air conditioning units, lawn mowers, so much. That’s why it is hot in the shelter during the summer. We stay warm in the winter because we have a wood burner”, Reverend Kim said. During my interview with Reverend Kim, we both sat with sweat running down our faces and the sun beaming in from the front door. The air was thick and the smell was unforgettable.
Reverend Kim is an expert in the area of homelessness and veteran care. Five years ago, a man by the name of John Kiel came to New Life Mission covered in blood. He had been severely wounded.
“The wound was so bad that I could smell it”, Reverend Kim said.
After a few moments of trying to get an understanding of who the man was. Reverend Kim discovered that he was a veteran and needed medical attention immediately. She took him to the veteran’s hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he was denied care. Reverend Kim took the situation into her own hands. She nursed John back to health, and now five years later, he is living at the homeless shelter.
“A lot of veterans are homeless. It’s sad to say, but it is true. I wish I could help them all, but I only have space here for very few. I need help,” Reverend Kim said.
Donations can be made to New Life Mission. Reverend Kim said that she can be contacted at 910-864-4678. She has asked that anyone who would like to volunteer please contact her as soon as possible.
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