Which of these places offers mental health care for the homeless?
A group of men and women from the local church community have created a homeless mental health clinic in their backyard.
The Lad Bible Church, located in downtown Portland, Oregon, has offered support services to the homeless and the mentally ill since it opened in 2009.
“We’ve had to put up with the mental illness, homelessness, drugs and alcohol,” says Pastor Mark Williams.
“But our congregation has also brought people together in this way,” he continues.
“I’m not going to say they have an exclusive vision, but I think we have a very good relationship with them.”
The Lad has operated for three years in the backyard of their home.
Pastor Williams says the church is one of the few churches in the state that can offer mental health services to people who are homeless, which is the main reason they have chosen to open a clinic in a neighborhood they call home.
“There are a lot of people in our community that are not in the shelter system, and we are able to get the mentally unstable and the chronically homeless to come into our sanctuary,” Pastor Williams said.
“It’s a community service, and they can stay in our sanctuary and get support from us.”
The clinic is open every Wednesday and Friday from 9am-6pm.
It provides appointments and support to people living in homelessness, the mentally disabled, people with substance abuse issues, and the unemployed.
“The community that has come together to help this church, it’s been really rewarding,” Pastor William said.
The church has been working with local homeless people to provide support.
“One of the main things that we have been trying to do is find out what is going on in their lives,” Pastor Richard said.
He is one person in the community that the church has helped.
“They are very kind people, and there is a very positive community atmosphere,” he said.
While the church provides support to the mentally unwell, Pastor Richard says they also help people with addiction issues.
“People who are addicted have to be in our care, because they can’t go out and have a good time, they can go to jail,” he explained.
“So we are looking for people who have an addiction issue and can come into the church and get some sort of support.”