Chosen 300 Ministries
A local organization opened its doors Sunday for homeless people across Philadelphia to come in and watch the Super Bowl and have a few snacks.
Philadelphia city officials joined forces with volunteers working to protect the most vulnerable population — the city’s homeless — from the frigid, potentially deadly cold snap.
Rev. Brian Jenkins and his wife founded Chosen 300 Ministries in 1996, and have been providing meals, prayer sessions, and fellowship for the homeless ever since.
Just two months before the Barnes Foundation moved into its new home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the city passed a law banning curbside feedings. The move sparked immediate controversy.
The Chosen 300 hosted a dinner for dozens of families in need Tuesday night.
Just as winter weather can bring a “Code Blue,” and summer its “Code Red,” this is a Code Grey, according to Laura Weinbaum of Project HOME.
Now, both sides indicate they are willing to sit down and negotiate a way to help those in need.
Early Saturday evening, one of the religious groups that successfully challenged the City’s ban on serving food to the homeless outdoors offered thanks in the form of a meal on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Several religious groups will appear in federal court today for a hearing to decide the fate of Philadelphia’s ban on outdoor feedings.
Lang says free Sunday breakfast is a big draw, but not the only one, “this is a beautiful place to come, because they feed us breakfast on Sundays. They feed us three times a week.”
Dozens of local homeless women got a chance on Monday to take care of an issue they often have to ignore: their hair.