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Nurses for Christ is an outreach ministry that was founded in 2004 and began in Azusa, California. ...Nurses for Christ is a publicly recognized charitable organization that serves those in an immediate need of food, water, clothing, blankets, hygiene packages etc. Most people that we help are homeless, while some are just in need of a word of encouragement. But because this is a place of no hope, we try to be consistent by showing up daily. Our consistent presence helps them with their anger and their sense of isolation caused by the rejection and inconsideration of others who gave up on them due to their addictions....
By 2006, the silver-haired woman, raised in Naples, Italy, was visiting the homeless daily, joined by community volunteers and students from Azusa Pacific University. In 2008, after the vacant lot was sold and the homeless had moved to different locations around Azusa, Covina and Glendora, Wingert was joined by Phillip Stern, another volunteer who was willing to join her every night, to make sure that she had backup in case of danger. Most of the people are her friends, she says, but that was a risk she didn’t need to take. The pair make 60 sandwiches nightly, with Wingert cooking some form of hot food: soup, pasta, chili, hot dogs. Protein and fresh vegetables are key ingredients and sometimes volunteers will cook so she doesn’t have to, or donate something for dessert, Wingert says.
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The group was in need of a new car recently, as the donated station wagon they used to drive around the valley was beginning to have trouble. So an anonymous donor stepped up and offered Wingert $5,000 toward a new car, a 2014 Jeep.
“We still owe $12,000 on it, but wow, what a blessing,” Wingert said.
The next challenge Wingert faces is finding a way to pay for an increase in liability insurance, as the group uses the kitchen at Glendora’s Church of the Brethren to cook meals for the homeless but could be facing a search for a new host church in 2015.
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