How He’s Beating Homelessness Without Government Help – The Daily Signal, 2018/12/23
George Opudo used to drive for Uber. Picking up and dropping off customers at Union Station in Washington, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol, he’d look at homeless people and think: “That’d never be me.”
But in September 2017, Opudo lost his car, his job, and all of his worldly possessions. With no place to go and no food to eat, Opudo was homeless.
Walking around Union Station, he asked a woman where he could find some food.
“She said, ‘Go down to the mission,’” Opudo recalled.
So he walked a few blocks down to Central Union Mission and asked, “Can I get something to eat, please? A sandwich?”
At that point, Opudo saw a flyer advertising Central Union Mission’s ministry program.
It’s an account of a man getting his life back together, and about a ministry that helps the homeless without any government intervention.
“All government agencies have rules and regulations about who they can give money to and how that money can be used,” Mettimano explained. “Many organizations go through great lengths to make sure that the separation of church and state is something that’s enforced through the regulations. So often times, when an organization accepts government money, sometimes they have to change the way that they operate. And sometimes they have to segregate those monies to make sure that there aren’t religious activities happening with the government money that they’ve granted.”
“Everything that we do here infuses Jesus Christ, so it’s very difficult for us to be able to receive government money and obey the regulations that come along with it,” he said. “We want to make sure that we can do everything with integrity.”