Street Life Ministries Serving homeless in Palo Alto to Redwood City
Street Life Ministries (“SLM”) is different than many “feeding ministries.” It serves a unique role in the way it cares for the homeless and the hungry in San Mateo County. Hot, home cooked meals transported to outdoor venues are less threatening to those in need, fostering an environment for relational connections to develop between servers and friends on the streets. These connections become the groundwork for guiding friends toward healthier decisions, medical assistance, detox, rehab, housing, mentorship and counseling—all contributing to a deep sense of meaning and purpose for those willing to invest. Each week we serve over 500 meals to men, women and children.
While not requisite to receiving SLM’s services, most come early to listen to a short Biblical message that frames the context for welcome and compassion. By creating an atmosphere of authentic human caring, serving times lead to transformational experiences for those served as well as those who are serving.
What transpires is a surprisingly authentic community where everyone leaves satisfied, including the more than 100 volunteers and partner organizations that make it all possible.