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24-Hours Can Change Our Community

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Douglas Stark

As I sit in my own room in my new apartment, I have a feeling of gratefulness that is hard to explain. It seems like just yesterday that I was living on the street in Fort Lauderdale and had no idea how I would have all of the simple things that I needed, such as a shower and shelter from the rain.

Here at Matthew 25 Ministries, all of my basic housing needs are lovingly provided to me and I have a real feeling of family that I wasn’t expecting. But my food and basic living needs would not be possible without the wonderful ability to go on the weekly shopping trip or food bank “run”. And my legal needs couldn’t be met without the monthly trips to the sheriff’s office or DMV. Or my health needs by trips to the clinic and doctor. I don’t know what I would do without the ministry van that allows this.

I am also grateful for the warmth and friendship that I am shown at the Sunday church service. I have never been able to be comfortable in a church before, but now I look forward being there. I hear something every Sunday from Pastor Mike that stays with me all week long. I feel like he is talking directly to me, and I know this would never have happened to me if it wasn’t for Matthew 25.

In closing, let me say that my life has changed for the better and I can accept all of the things that I had to go through to get to this point in my life. I look forward to moving forward in my journey and I want to thank you for allowing me to join the family.

Kevin J Kearney

Many of us come straight from prison and are not blessed with a vehicle. When we come to Matthew 25 Ministries, they take us to the places we need to go. There is no local bus service since our community is located deep in the middle of the sugarcane fields, and the transportation the ministry provides is vital.

If we did not have the van, we would not be able to accomplish the things we have to do to meet our special legal needs. Things such as going to the probation office, registering at the sheriff’s office, going back to probation, then the DMV.

And then there are other trips the van makes to help us: food bank runs and the bank across the street from it, the weekly shopping run, and an occasional doctor visit.
Thank you for your support; if we did not have a van, many of us would be lost.