There is a Christian based homeless shelter in our community called "Freedom for Youth Ministries." They provide shelter, food, schooling, and others to teens who are homeless in Des Moines, IA.Our Mission
Freedom for Youth Ministries offers the love of Jesus Christ to homeless and at-risk youth which empowers them to break bondages in their lives, discover their God-given purpose and lead a life filled with faith, hope and love.
To unite the Christian community to reach out to our lost and hurting youth in Des Moines and empower them to demonstrate their love for Jesus through sharing their time and talents with the youth we serve.
Freedom for Youth Ministries will work to:
- Share the gospel of Jesus Christ as the foundation of true renewal and hope in life.
- Unite the churches, who also focus on Jesus, His death and resurrection, to empower them to serve as they are called.
- Love the youth unconditionally as Christ did without regard to race, past history or current condition.
- Offer a safe and loving ministry for youth, volunteers, and staff, which stimulates spiritual growth in their life.
- Operate a ministry that is above reproach in its fiscal responsibility, integrity and perception in the community.
I think this is an instance where 'Don't fight culture' comes into play. It's a shame that the group doesn't offer these things in a secular manner - available to people of any/all/no religious inclination - but if they're going to limit their activities to young Christian males between the ages of 18-21, then that is at least some people helped, and other groups can try to help the others.
As I say - it's a very difficult situation, and I like to look at it from the point that there are good people helping an unfortunate segment of their community - but there are others who need help just as much who will not find their help to their liking, and alternatives are needed.
Main Entry: cul·ture
Etymology: Middle English, cultivated land, cultivation, from Anglo-French, from Latin cultura, from cultus, past participle
Date: 15th century
1 : cultivation, tillage
2 : the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education
3 : expert care and training
4 a : enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training b : acquaintance with and taste in fine arts, humanities, and broad aspects of science as distinguished from vocational and technical skills
5 a : the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations b : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time c : the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization d : the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated ...