Colorado has one of the fastest growing homeless populations in America. Have you ever seen a seemingly able-bodied person standing somewhere on a corner, perhaps holding a sign asking for help? You might wonder, “Why doesn’t this person go to work?” Perhaps you’ve seen somebody sleeping behind a building and wondered, “Why don't they go to a shelter?” These seemingly simple solutions are often impossible for a homeless person because they lack something we all take for granted — identification documents.
Homeless people suffer many indignities and difficulties as the result of the circumstances that led them to be living on the streets. One of the biggest obstacles to overcoming homelessness is that they likely have lost all forms of legal identification. Without identification a person may not be:
- Allowed into a shelter
- Legally hired
- Assisted by a food bank
- Eligible to receive government assistance
- Able to rent a hotel room
Without basic identification documents it is difficult or impossible to do any of these things.
Homeless people do not have computers, internet access, phones, or mailing addresses. Without even one form of ID, it is very difficult to gain the other forms of identification. Additionally, the processes to re-establish these documents are often lengthy, involving multiple steps, persistence, and a good deal of patience. Many people may begin it, but sadly after running into multiple obstacles, they give up.
I AM values each individual and proposes this support ministry to extend to homeless people the dignity that Christ bestowed upon each person as He lived often with only a stone for a pillow.
Josh is currently requesting prayer for this ministry.
Please contact Josh at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about I Am.