On Sunday, October 20, Churches for Streets of Hope will host their fourth annual Hope for the Homeless Bull Roast at the Hawks Pleasure Club on Riverside Drive. The bull roast, which will feature a silent auction, games, cornhole, dancing, classic rock music from The Gigs and more, is one of the organization’s signature events to help raise funds to build a permanent home for their cold weather shelter.

“We’re really excited to ramp up our annual bull roast this year,” said Patrick Dickerson, executive director for Churches of Streets of Hope. “We have brought in a great local band, The Gigs. Mission BBQ will be catering, and we are having our cornhole tournament outside once again. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

“The bull roast is a great time to show our supporters where we are with our building campaign. We have raised $25,000 of our $65,000 goal, and we are looking to continue adding more,” added Dickerson. “This cost includes the planning, life safety drawings, zoning and construction costs. So basically half of the costs go to planning while the other half goes to construction.”

The cold weather shelter will be moving to the lower floor of the Boulevard Christian Church, located behind the MVA at Middlesex Shopping Center.

Churches for Streets of Hope was created in 2009 when a homeless man passed away from the cold on the streets of Essex. A group of concerned citizens from local churches got together to discuss the prevalence of homelessness in our area, and they realized that although there were some systems in place to care for the homeless in Southeast Baltimore County, someone could still lose his or her life to the elements.

The churches started a cold weather shelter in 2010 serving breakfast and dinner daily. Churches for Streets of Hope now provides 16 beds and warm meals to homeless men in the cold weather months (November through April 15), serving 30 to 50 men per year. There are more than 35 partner churches who help with serving meals and providing resources.

According to Streets of Hope, the timeframe keeps the guests actively looking for physical and spiritual improvement so they are prepared to move on when the shelter closes in April.

Currently, the shelter location must change approximately every 30 days, moving to various member churches due to zoning laws and fire code regulations. Shelter staff operates the space as a safe haven from 6:00 pm to 7:00 am daily.

The new permanent shelter will allow the group to stop rotating so the staff can work with the guests on a regular basis. The shelter will continue to host 16 men nightly.

“While the ultimate goal is to get the clients permanent housing, it is more important to establish relationships and provide them with a support system. If you don’t have a support system, it’s hard to keep going,” said Dickerson. “Our volunteers help clients learn job skills, drive them to appointments and even help them move when they get their own apartment.”

“I hope to see a lot of people come out to our bull roast because it will be a great time and also a great way to see all of the progress Streets of Hope has made with the homeless in our area,” he said. “It’s important for the community to work together to help our homeless situation. Everybody in this community has either known someone or seen someone going through homelessness.”

Churches for Streets of Hope

Hope for the Homeless Bull Roast

Sunday, October 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Hawks Pleasure Club

430 Riverside Drive

Baltimore, MD 21221

$35 per person or Tables of 8: $250.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.churchesforsoh.org or call 443-764-4249.

Can’t make the Bull Roast but want to help? Streets of Hope also continues to take donations. You can call the shelter at 443-764-4249 to make drop off arrangements.

Here’s the Streets of Hope Wish List:

Toiletries/Cleaning Supplies

Hand SoapTissuesToilet PaperPaper TowelsDisinfectant SprayDisinfectant WipesSolid Air FreshenersBleachFloor Cleaner (Pine Sol)

***Please note these are not personal or travel-sized items. These are for use by up to 20 people, 7 days a week, for 5-1/2 months.

Paper Goods / Serving Utensils

Paper Plates – RegularPaper Plates – SmallNapkinsStyrofoam BowlsSanitary Gloves (plastic)Plastic ForksPlastic SpoonsPlastic KnivesZiploc Gallon BagsSaran WrapAluminum FoilCoffee FiltersStir Sticks13-gallon white bags33-gallon black bags55-gallon black bags

Breakfast/Drinks

Coffee groundsTeabagsCreamerSugarIced Tea Mixes

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