Saturday, November 26, 2011

Project Bring Joseph Home...Quilt Done

As many of you know, I am trying to raise money to purchase a home with a small apartment so my son Joseph who is homeless can have a place to live out of the elements.

This quilt pattern and fabric was all donated to me by someone near and dear and who is one of my followers, what a blessing she sent me.

It is 43 1/2" x 56" and has not one, but two layers of Warm and Natural batting inside. It is hand tied with silk ribbon and cotton crochet thread and machine quilting across the width of the fabric.

I have decided instead of listing it as an auction item on my blog, or selling it in my Zibbet shop, that I would actually donate it to a homeless person in our area as the temperatures have dropped to the 30's during the night and I know these people have nothing.

If you would like to donate something towards Project Bring Joseph home, you can do so by contacting me via Email and I will add your name to this quilt as a sponsor.

Right now, we haven't found a home to purchase and we only have $35 in savings to go towards this project, but I have faith that even if I can't raise thousands of dollars to bring my son home, I can help one person, one quilt at a time.

In the meantime, this one is finished and waiting for its home, I am sure God will lead me to a person in need.

Sadly this week I have heard people say that those of us who reach out to the homeless are making them co-dependent or we are because we don't make them find jobs.

However, in our area there are no jobs, plants are closing all around us, people are walking away from their homes and moving in with family in another state for a chance to find work. We have one shelter here and they rarely have room for everyone in need and the homeless in our area do not trust these people.

I do not feel by offering someone a way to keep warm I am doing anything other than what I am called to do, reach out to help others in spite of my own situation. Yes, I have made my son quilts, but they get stolen, so now I send his aunt money and she takes him shopping for warm clothing.

Remember, not all homeless on the street are hopeless or unloved!


Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

Jean I think it is a great thing you are doing. Not all homeless have a choice....some have the mental issues that keep them from being able to get a job or to function fully. There is a homeless man in our area that comes from a wealthy family but he stays on the streets. That is where he has chosen to be and is ok with it. Even after a brutal beating a year ago, once he recovered he went back to life as he knew it.

Anonymous said...

I am in this with you and have a few things in the works!

Quiltingranny said...

Blessings to you both for your compassion. Kim, you are right, my son is mentally ill and can't live in a group home, we want him with us, but not until we can provide him his own place with some guidance from us. Debra, I can't wait to see what you have going on!