Updated: Jul 24, 2019
The neighborhood of Huntington Green is evolving. God has brought forth funds, partners and volunteers to help us expand programs to adults and entire families. Coretta Scott King once said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
We have witnessed our neighbors reaching out to help one another, as well as taking pride in keeping Huntington Green safe. Ever since we moved into Dad's House, our office/trailer on Frontier Place, we have been helping adult individuals with emergency needs — a few items of food, a new stove or bed for a child, a safe place to be and pray while the police are called. This is the love of Jesus we are called to share with those who are less fortunate, and this benevolence is the behind-the-scenes ministry of Team Caterpillar. All the glory is given to God and isn't always touted on social media.
Earlier this spring, we reached out about several homeless women for whom we've been praying for several years. We were very happy to celebrate that two of them — Sarah and Karen — found permanent, safe housing. Sarah got a job and was able to afford a two-bedroom apartment for her, her daughter and grandson. We also helped Karen navigate the red tape of Disability, and she finally was able to secure a room in an Assisted Living facility, where her medical needs are being met. Unfortunately, these are not the only two women who struggled with insufficient living conditions. There are more unmet needs for older women in Huntington Green than one would initially assume, and we've continued to seek God's heart in pursuing housing options for these individuals.
In May, Caterpillar was able to purchase the two-bedroom trailer on Frontier Place (next to Dad's House). Soon after, a nearby empty lot (where Lamesa Place intersects Hambright Road) became available for lease. And, quickly thereafter, a company able to move the trailer agreed to work with us to get the trailer moved. Caterpillar will be moving the trailer to our new rented piece of property within the next week or two!
"Come on Home" is God's provision and the beginning of a Caterpillar Ministries pilot program — ways to address homelessness and help effect even more positive change in Huntington Green. God has answered a multitude of prayers in His timing and in His perfect way. This new trailer won't just be a house; it will be part of the community.
There will be so much to do! The property will need clean-up work, the trailer will need to be pressure washed, and a new set of entrance steps may need to be installed. We also envision groups and/or ministries adopting rooms to help furnish (kitchen, bedrooms, etc.). We know our adult women's sewing class will enjoy making curtains and more. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities and for ways to get involved. Until then, to God be ALL glory and honor and praise. We are excited to see where this pilot program leads us next.
“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”
Matthew Desmond, author "Evicted"