Monday, September 1, 2014

…For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Matthew 25:35-36 

The Brunswick County Streetreach is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end hunger and homelessness, one life at a time.

Direct assistance. Research. Mobilizing resources. Advocacy. Sharing the Gospel.
These are the tools that BCSTR is using to create lasting change. 
BCSTR presents the Gospel to those who are homeless, indigent, or in critical need; to lead them to a saving faith in Jesus Christ; to instill hope and motivation for improving their lives; and to assist them in obtaining the resources necessary to become productive citizens and achieve lasting life recovery from homelessness. 
 From January-August 31,2014 we have received over 640 calls seeking assistance and linkage to resources.  We have also provided services via providing / or paying for emergency overnight sheltering, rental or utilities assistance, gas vouchers, food, over 253  individuals in Brunswick County, this does not include in-kind donations or  referrals to other social service agencies. We have also supplied 4 of the local schools with school supplies, new shoes and new clothing items for the needy children to return to school with dignity.  The demand for our services seem to increase daily.
 Winter Nights Sheltering program for 2013-2014 ended March 1,2014 
  We want to say "THANK YOU" to all the churches that served as host sites and all that helped meet the needs of the 78 homeless individuals housed during the cold winter months, this includes 17 veterans that were able to get off the streets and re-housed. We were blessed to see many struggling in poverty receive employment, re-housed and on their way to become self-sufficient again.  We also were able to prevent 13 families from losing their homes. This could not have happened without the love and care of the community.
The winter is over...but our work continues on daily!   Again, many thanks to all for your prayers, donations and support.  
Garry Phelps

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Welcome to Brunswick County Streetreach. We are a emergency overnight sheltering program, providing a warm bed, meals, showers,  and a safe place to regroup and locate area resources.

 Tonight, and every night, many individuals, families and even youths are alone and homeless in our neighborhoods. They are desperately searching for HELP!  And we choose not to look away! We choose to care and serve! We are a community response offering &  an alternative to homelessness in our county. It is not the solution to end homelessness...but it is a start! We hope you will join our mission.

 We are all about connecting the homeless to temporary shelter sites provided by local churches.  The Streetreach program currently operates host sites during the coldest months of the year  (November 1 - March 15). However, our vision is for the sheltering program to become year round, as the demand for our services are increasing daily. We also work year round with the homeless across New Hanover, Brunswick County and Horry County, SC. 

BC Streetreach is a non-profit charity. We have no paid staff, we depend 100% on the generosity of the community,volunteers and churches to fund & operate this program. We have never applied for any Federal or State grants, due to we feel God has commissioned the church to meet the needs of the poor...not the government.

The number of individuals that need our help increases daily, yet we remain assured that in answering the call of God to help the needy, we are doing His work and He will bless it. If you know someone living on the streets, in need of temporary shelter, please ask them to call our message center at (910) 842-2711, leave a contact number for a volunteer to return their call. Please allow a 1-3 hour window for a response. As we are often in the mission field.

Please consider inviting a BCSTR representative to speak to your congregation or social group about how they can get involved.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BCSTR FRIENDS & PARTNERS OF HOPE -  BCSTR is an exceptionally cost-effective organization that relies on volunteers and donated in-kind goods for 100% of our operational needs.Through your commitment to walk alongside us, everyone benefits...from the homeless, to saving churches & agencies monies and wasted manpower, to lowering the crime rate, to uniting the faith community.

Agape International
BC Homeless Coalition
Building Hope Ministries
Christian Motorcycle Association 
Coastal Vineyard 
First Baptist Church - Shallotte
First Baptist Church - Sunset Harbor
Holden Beach Chapel
Knights of Columbus
Prison Fellowship
Oak Grove Baptist Church
Ocean Ridge Charities
Red Ridge Runners
Salvation Army
Seaside Christian Fellowship
Shallotte Presbyterian Church
South Brunswick Interchurch Council
St. Brendan's Roman Catholic Church
St. James The Fisherman Episcopal Church
Sunset Harbor Women's Outreach
Shepherd's Assembly
Trinity United Methodist Church
Widows Mite Experience