Addiction plays a key role in why so many of our homeless friends live outside in the cold on the streets under tarps or in tents. A bed at a shelter might be available to them but, because of their addiction they cannot follow shelter rules.

Should they as human beings be abandoned because they suffer from the disease of addiction? Should they be denied food, water, a warm winter coat? Are they any less human than anyone else because they suffer from an illness? There are those in our society and in positions of authority who would say ‘yes’ to these questions. They are the ones who would challenge us for what we do; call us ‘enablers’.

Our mission follows the book Matthew 25:35-40:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me…”

Was Jesus an ‘enabler’?

We are helping our homeless brothers and sisters to stay alive until they get into treatment or, until they experience the spiritual awakening that they need to conquer what they need to overcome.

It’s what we do. And, if that is enabling then, ‘we are enablers.’

Merle Burke
President, Board of Directors
Shepherds Way, Inc