Thursday Nights at 7pm in downtown Olympia at the Corner of State Avenue NE and Adams Street SE
Street lights partners together with communities, local businesses, and churches to meet the needs of the homeless and street dependent population. Street Lights occurs every Thursday night, and our time and location are always the same so we display consistency and dependability.
The response to our presence on the street is always welcoming, and on any given night we can draw anywhere from 150-200 visitors. Of those visitors, we have documented the adults and children to whom the volunteers have built relationships and have extended further assistance through their time, talents, and treasures.
>We have helped people by getting them off the street, find shelter, provided job referrals, assist with transportation, and referrals to other agencies and medical clinics and always an invitation to a church.
The Componets of Street Lights
Children’s Outreach Program
We want to make sure the kids on the street are loved and experience a time of special attention. Volunteer’s help with birthday parties, face painting, bible stories, handing out small toys and stuffed animals and lots of hugs. We also welcome drama teams, puppets, and singing to entertain Gods little children. There is always a place to share Gods love to the kids on the street.
The power of prayer has brought City Gates to its present existence. Nothing compares to the power of prayer. Be a witness to the very truth of God as you intercede for our leaders, volunteers, and most of all the visitors who look to us for provision and hope..
Involves a team of volunteers from area churches, going to the street every Thursday night to meet with the homeless and street dependent population. Our time and location are always the same so we display consistency and dependability. The response to our presence on the street is always welcoming, and on any given night we can draw anywhere from 50-150 participants. Of those clients, we have documented the adults and children to whom we’ve given further help like getting off the street, shelter, job referrals, transportation, and referrals to other agencies and medical clinics and always an invitation to a church.
Surviving on the street is usually as simple as having a pair of clean socks and access to dry clothes, jeans sweaters, hats and gloves, and a sleeping bag or blanket; volunteers hand out items and pray for the people who need those essentials. Volunteers also help to restock the vans sort out the donations, and resort supplies needed to execute our mission. We sort and restock on Saturdays and find it a great place to fellowship and thank the Lord for everything He supplies.
Hygiene Ministry Team
Living on the street is tough and not having simple essentials makes it even worse. Volunteers help supply and hand out tarps, propane, batteries, flashlights, toothpaste, soap etc. This is a great time to serve the desperate needs of the poor, pray and build relationships to better understand their homeless and street culture.
We serve the homeless or low-income parents by providing supplies for their children. Volunteers develop relationships, pray, and handout items like diapers, clothing, etc. We also mentor the parents by creating relationships where we will, for instance, visit them in the hospital or their homes, find resources and invite them to church. If you have compassion for young mothers this is the place for you.
Food Preparation Team
Making sure the multitudes are feed, takes a committed team who will meet each week on Thursday night to prepare the food that will go out to the street. Volunteers who understand the value of feeding hungry souls are welcome in this part of the ministry. We welcome church groups or other organizations who will volunteer one week a month to prepare and deliver hot food or sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and water. The ministry can feed up to 150 people on any given night
Photo Ministry Team
A picture is worth a thousand words. Nothing compares to the value a picture brings to a person who has nothing. Our photo ministry allows amateur photographers to take pictures of people visiting the inistry. The photographer inserts the small message “Jesus loves you” and brings the pictures back to the street the following week for people to retrieve. The impact is something we may never witness as the receiver will see an encouraging word every time he or she looks upon their picture.