Terence Lester was homeless as a teenager and he took his time and was able to improve his situation. He is currently the executive director of the nonprofit Love Beyond Walls, which is dedicated to helping the homeless.
Even for a man who used to live on the streets himself, the difficulties the homeless now face with this pandemic are hard for him to fathom. “All the news reports are saying wash your hands,” Lester said. “But the homeless population often can’t.”
That very issue was where he decided to start. He gathered a few portable washbasins that are sold for RVs and camping and started to prepare them in the parking lot of the centre when the first sign of their need showed up. “Dimitry lives on the streets around our center, and he came up and asked if he could wash his hands,” explained Lester. “He hadn’t washed them yet because he hadn’t had any water.”
Fortunately, Dimitry was able to wash his hands, now thanks to Lester many more will be able to, as well. Though it’s not just Lester; Grammy-winning artist Lecrae and Reach Records are providing the first 15 portable sinks to the centre. Lecrae even joined Lester to help assemble the sinks and place them around Atlanta. “It is encouraging to me that someone like him and the platform he has, that he is willing to roll up his sleeves and serve alongside you,” Lester said.
This non-profit is maintaining the sinks they have placed around the city, and raising funds for more, and it’s a beautiful effort to help those in need. It’s ingenious, and your Good News Story of the Day, find it in full here. But it is also just a beginning.
“I hope this catches on and spreads across the country,” Lester shared. “Even more than that, these sinks can spark the conversation of what else we can do to help the homeless facing this pandemic.” Amen to that.
Story and Images from CNN.