The app helps bring people back from the cold

Jerry Clayton of TPR recently spoke with Pastor Alex Fleming, who came up with the idea for an app that helps volunteers coordinate resources to help bring people back from the cold

Jerry Clayton: Winter can be a challenge for anyone, but for the homeless population of San Antonio, the cold can be a matter of life and death. One of the groups helping to keep people warm is a coalition of churches that have developed an app that helps organizations coordinate their efforts. Pastor Alex Fleming of Life Restored Church came up with the idea to develop the app. He is joining us today. Thanks to be here.

Alex Fleming: Whenever. Thank you for.

Clayton: Pastor Fleming, from your perspective, what does the homeless situation look like in San Antonio?

Flemish: Dude, you know, last time we checked there were around 3,000 here, but it looks like more and more states across the country are giving their homeless people bus tickets to come here. We are therefore witnessing an influx. And so with each new influx, you need more help, more creativity, more ingenuity, more resources to deal with the problem.

Clayton: I know your church has an outreach program. Tell me how it works and the other churches involved.

Flemish: For example, we have seen an average of five homeless people per year leaving the streets and entering their own apartment or place of residence. And the way it happens is, I guess, the conventional way of doing things. We are literally changing identities, which is the attack on the false narrative that people have on themselves. What we call that is the humanization phase where we just remind people, you know, that they’re made in the image of God. And that’s not what God has for you to live that way. There is more out there for you, just reaching your maximum capacity. So we do this in several ways. One of the best ways is going to be osmosis, just hanging out with people. We’ve heard that you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. So we’re giving people that opportunity, aren’t we? And you know, we see great things happening there with our showers, with our winter shelters for the night, with our feedings, and all of those times they’re surrounded by people talking about life. Speaking of hope, hope, something so underused yet so powerful that every person has the capacity to do.

The Winter Shelter Coalition app

Clayton: Tell me about the app. Where did the idea come from and how did it materialize?

Flemish: So we started to create winter shelters about six years ago in our church. Almost no one was doing it at the time. And the Lord is the Lord. I am the pastor. And so, you know, the Lord told me to welcome the homeless. That’s what a church is supposed to do. We did it the first night. It was crazy, but it went well. And then after that, the next two years, we started training. Other churches and even more churches joined us in opening their doors, and we showed them the processes and procedures. And all of that prepared for last year, which was the “snowless” we had in Texas. So all the churches and ministries that we were forming before were ready to be locked and loaded, ready to go. And so in the middle of that, we were calling each other texting each other, you know, can I drop people off here? Do you have beds available? We need food. All that. And again, I thank the Lord for giving me the idea that, you know, let’s put this in an application training. You know, we’re all of that in one thing. And so, the app pretty much lets first responders know these are the locations that accommodate homeless people and lets them know what places are available in real time. It also gives them the option of reserving a seat, so they don’t lose a trip. And then in the back, all of our Winter Shelter Coalition’s winter shelters, we are able to communicate with each other via a specially designed winter shelter group chat about what resources we need. .

Clayton: And where can you find the app and what is it called?

Flemish: This is called the Winter Shelter Coalition. It’s downloadable for Apple, for Google, so go to your App Store and you can download it there.

Clayton: Pastor Fleming, thank you for taking the time to speak to us today.

Flemish: Thank you very much sir. Appreciate it.

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