First United Methodist Church collects sleeping bags for those sleeping in the cold – Los Alamos Reporter
FIRST UMC PRESS RELEASE
In Los Alamos, you don’t see the homeless population. Families sleep in their cars. Teens sleep on a friend’s couch, then on another friend’s couch, constantly moving from place to place. Others camp in a campsite or in the woods. Los Alamos County needs more resources for the homeless and the working poor. According to the Los Alamos Health Service Gap Analysis Final Report (March 2020), 23% of people in Los Alamos County are classified as the working poor. While they are working, they do not have enough income to meet their basic needs.
The First United Methodist Church strives to be one of the organizations to fill the void. First, the Mission team collects sleeping bags for those sleeping in the cold. You can contribute by dropping off sleeping bags at the First United Methodist Church office, 715 Diamond Drive. If the church is closed, please leave sleeping bags on the bench near the front door of the church. The Missions team will distribute sleeping bags to people in need and to local organizations that directly respond to the needs of homeless people.
The First United Methodist Church will soon be providing an outdoor food box. Although food distribution is available from LA Cares and the Food Depot, those who work often cannot leave their jobs to receive food. The outdoor food box will be a food resource at any time of the day.
The First United Methodist Church and the missions team plan to do even more to address the resource gap in the community for the homeless and the working poor. The long-term goal and vision is to collaborate with other members of the community to provide shelter to those in need.