Last Friday, we went as our mitzvah trip to the Sulzbacher Center, a homeless center in Downtown Jacksonville. It is different than most homeless shelters, though. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Most shelters only serve one or two meals a day. Our job there was to take down all of the Christmas decorations on the bulletin boards and put up new decorations on the boards. I worked with Benjamin C on a board, and we wrote 6-7 quotes on the board, one of which was written by me and another by Benjamin.
At the shelter, the verse Jeremiah 29:11 was painted on the wall “I know the plans I have for you”, Declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Our job for this post was to write why would this quote be at a homeless shelter. I think that it would be there for many reasons. One, to show the homeless people that they were put there for a reason. There is a bigger plan, and they being in their time of distress is one part of the plan. Something better will happen to them that requires them to have some suffering now.
The second reason is because the workers wish to give the homeless people hope. They are telling them that although you need some help now, a little help back on your feet, things are going to get better. You’re not going to stay this way forever. You just need a little guidance during this time of peril, and God has a plan for you. He’s going to help you and make you happy once again.