051: Feeding The Homeless with Dignity and Respect — New Friends Homeless Center with April Belt

The homeless now have an opportunity to sit down, relax, and enjoy a 4-course dinner.

April Belt is the Founder and Pastor at New Friends Homeless Center, a non-profit organisation that provides a 3-4 course dinner to homeless individuals. April is working towards changing the misconceptions about the homeless population. Many believe homeless people are drug addicts or alcoholics, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that homelessness affects a wide variety of individuals, including veterans, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and hard working folks that are simply down on their luck.

Key Takeaways:

[2:25] April experienced a life-changing event when she went to India in 2000.

[3:55] When April came back, she decided to create Miracle Minded Ministry 3.

[5:10] In this modern world, what does April mean by the word ‘crusades’?

[7:00] Why did April come back to the U.S. in 2010?

[9:10] After speaking with a homeless man, April came home and prayed to God for a better way to help the homeless population in L.A.

[10:25] Why did April decide on delivering a 3-course meal to the homeless? Why does it have to be so fancy?

[13:15] When April has these dinner events, she tries to bring in live singers to the restaurant.

[14:15] April is trying to educate and change perceptions about what homelessness looks like.

[15:00] April welcomes anyone who is down on their luck with open arms. She does not turn anyone away.

[17:20] What kind of feedback has April received from the homeless so far?

[23:40] Unfortunately, a lot of people choose to look the other way when it comes to tackling homelessness.

[26:30] A homeless person could be your father, brother, sister, or even your neighbor.

[31:55] Why New Friends Homeless Center goes into the rich areas where the poor are living.

[36:20] April admits that homelessness in Woodland Hills, California looks very different from Skid Row, California — a relatively poorer community.

[40:00] If we make people aware, they’re going to take action.

[44:40] Once a month, April throws birthdays for the homeless people.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Giving Back Podcast

Miracle Minded Ministry 3 on Facebook

New Friends Homeless Center

New Friends Homeless Center on Facebook

Call April: 818-887-1109


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