Every July, Holy Apostles hosts people from the area who are currently experiencing homelessness. Through a program called Connect-by-Night, we have been doing this work for almost 25 years in partnership with many other churches around the Philadelphia metro area. The program allows for hundreds of vulnerable people to have a safe place to stay year-round, affording a little bit of dignity, and some food for the journey. We think of it as welcoming none other than Jesus Christ in our midst.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’“