Would you take a walk with me? I don’t mean a literal walk, of course. But I’m hoping that in your imagination, you’ll join me for a moment at Fred Jordan Mission.
As we step outside the dining room onto the sidewalk here on the corner of 5th and Towne, the first things you’ll notice are the tents.
Pitched side by side on the concrete sidewalks, these flimsy shelters are home to men, women, and families who are simply struggling to survive.
To our right you’ll see the iconic Los Angeles skyline in plain view. Its impressive buildings are just a few miles away—but life there is worlds apart from the daily existence of Skid Row.
Here in the inner city, people are dying from hunger, sickness, and violence. And everyone on these cruel streets has suffered another kind of death: the death of hope.
But soon there will be a resurrection here. With the help of caring friends like you, we’ll have a Resurrection service in the graveyard of Skid Row.
On Saturday, March 31, we’ll set up tables outside the Mission and decorate with balloons in lively spring colors. Then we’ll welcome our homeless neighbors to our Easter celebration.
We’ll proclaim the message of Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life—why He died and how He was buried and rose again. We’ll serve our guests a delicious, nourishing meal—made possible by the generosity of someone like you. And we’ll have Easter baskets for the children.
Your most grateful servant,
Willie L. Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
PS: Please consider volunteering at the Easter Celebration on Skid Row, March 31 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. Register at fjm.org.