Fact: 40% of homeless adult males served honorably in the US military. (Read more below)
THE BRIDGE MINISTRY: There is an angel named Candy Christmas, a beautiful Gospel singer in Nashville whose vision it was to feed the homeless. The power of one person's vision is miraculous. All by herself, on a wing and a prayer, she found a way to feed hundreds of desperate souls twice a week, every week. She started "Ministry Under the Bridge" in Nashville
Myth vs. Fact
Myth: Homeless are so old they are not "worth" helping.
Fact: The average age of the homeless adult male is 38; the average age of the homeless adult female is 32. Both genders have many good years left to offer.
Myth:People are homeless because they are lazy.
Fact: 90% of homeless have successful work histories, and many are currently employed.
Myth: A minimum wage job is all a homeless person needs.
Fact: In Davidson county, it requires a job paying $10.54 per hour/ 40 hours per week to afford the most modest one-bedroom apartment. Minimum wage is $5.15.
Myth: If you want to work, you can find a job.
Fact: Manufacturing and industrial blue collar jobs are steadily decreasing. Homeless people need new skills to keep up with the changing face of labor.
Myth: Homeless don't want to do better.
Fact: 92% desperately desire a permanent home.
Candy Christmas began this ministry in late 2004. The ministry currently meets under the Jefferson Street Bridge on Tuesday nights and on Shelby Street at the First Wesleyan Church on Thursday nights.
A team of more than 75 volunteers work each week packing trucks, bagging groceries, setting up the meetings, preparing meals and gathering clothes to aid over 300 homes every Tuesday and Thursday night.
You can help! Contact us from the contact page and we will let you know how you can help!
P. O. Box 463 • Goodlettsville, TN 37070-0463