“We give people the things they know they need in order to help with the things they don’t know they need.”
Austin Bonds, Founder and CEO
How It Works
- We travel to those in need on the Metro Relief bus.
- We serve food to those who are hungry and slowly build relationships of trust with those in need.
- We love people.
- We want to transform individuals so they can live a better life.
Metro Relief’s two chief programs work in tandem: Weekly Bus Outreaches operated by staff and volunteers and daily, staff-only Street Outreaches.
OUR CORE PRINCIPLES
Metro Relief uses five core principles to shape our work in the homeless community:
- The true fast of Isaiah 58: Metro Relief exists as a response to God’s heart for the poor and addicted.
- Mobility: Metro Relief will always be a mobile ministry. The population we serve is continually on-the-move, and we must be able to move with them. Thus, ministry vehicles are a critical part of Metro Relief. Our fleet includes retrofitted buses, as well as individual vehicles used daily by staff for follow-up visits with homeless friends.
- Food: We offer food for several purposes: a) to provide immediate relief of hunger; b) as a relational equalizer; c) to demonstrate consistency; 4) as a launch point for conversation between volunteers and people on the streets.
- Relationships: Forging healthy relationships is critical to our work. The road to homelessness is typically a long one, filled with many broken ties. Getting off the streets demands that people learn to reconnect with others. The Metro Relief Bus, with its staff and volunteers, is a source for learning new interpersonal skills.
- Resources: Most American cities do not lack resources to help people get off the streets. However, a persistent disconnect remains between those resources and the people who need them. Our goal is to bridge this gap by leveraging our relationships with the homeless into trustworthy referrals to partnering agencies in the community