Do you like sugar in your coffee? How about salt and pepper with your breakfast? MLC provides Coffee, sugar, salt, and pepper to Wayside Christian Mission (WCM) for breakfast on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week throughout the year. Providing basics just 2 days a week to those in need costs about $600 per year. If you would like to help out so that we can sponsor more days of the week send a check to Middletown Lions Club c/o Lion treasurer Kay Mills 803 Creetown Court Louisville KY 40243 and designate it for WCM Coffee Fund.
Here is just some of what WCM does to help others in need:
Continuing to be one of Louisville’s main safety nets.
Programs and Facilities
Men’s Emergency Shelter (331 beds)
Men’s Day Shelter (Can accommodate up to 75 at any time, Monday – Sunday)
Men’s Permanent Supportive Housing (for disabled homeless men, 30 private apts)
Family Emergency Shelter (50 bed spaces)
Women’s Permanent Supportive Housing (6 apts)
Single Women’s Emergency Shelter (106 beds)
Single Women’s Transitional Shelter (10 beds)
Single Women’s Halfway Houses (11 spaces)
Women’s Day Shelter (Can accommodate up to 40 at any time, Monday – Sunday)
Safe Haven for mentally ill homeless women (10 beds)
Dining Hall (Three hot meals daily/every day of the year; also early breakfast and late supper for workers)
Chapel (Seats 91; Chapel services nightly in shelters, and Sunday morning and evening in Chapel)
Carl Nussbaum, Jr., Child Development Center (Serves homeless preschoolers staying in any Louisville-area homeless shelter at no charge to parents nor shelter)
Two thrift stores (9125 Galene Drive and 4930 Poplar Level Road)
Recovery Program (Provides 6 mo-1yr residential recovery program for homeless men and women at no charge)
Educational Classes (GED Classes on-site; Computer classes on-site; Literacy)
Discipleship Program/Job Training (Kitchen, auto mechanics, print shop, retail)
Down by the Wayside Choir – Gospel Choir composed of recovery clients (CDs available)
Miracle on Market Street – Christmas Program providing toys and food for over 6,000 persons annually
Back to School – Provides clothing and school supplies for homeless and formerly homeless school children
Celebration of Hope – Easter celebration for homeless families
KMA Bunny Run – Kentucky Motorcycle Association provides Easter baskets for homeless and formerly homeless children
Operation White Flag and Samaritan Patrol
Wayside van searches for homeless people who haven’t made it into shelter
Wayside van transports people to safety of shelter
If persons don’t wish to go to shelter, van leaves coffee, sandwiches, & blankets or sleeping bags in the winter, cool water and fruit in the summer
When temperatures are 35 degrees or lower in the winter, with or without wind chill, and when temperatures are 95 degrees or above in the summer, with or without the heat index, Operation White Flag is in effect.
Shelter rules are relaxed, allowing shelters to open over-flow areas and to accept persons we normally would not (due to behavior problems, no ID, etc.)
Shelter flies a White Flag outside the shelter, alerting homeless persons to dangerous conditions and the ability to enter the shelter, no questions asked.
Volunteers are called in to operate the Samaritan Patrol (See first three bullets above)
Operation Hospitality Volunteers are called in to provide additional care and services in the over-flow areas.