Our day began with a trip to the San Jose Mission, founded in 1720. We wanted the youth to see this place because we wanted to educate them about the history of missions in San Antonio. In fact, you can’t really get a sense of what the Alamo was like until you see San Jose, since the city of San Antonio has been built around the Alamo, and San Jose still remains on the city’s outskirts.
After a quick bite at Whataburger, a San Antonio fast food institution, we traveled to Haven for Hope, which is about a 37-acre compound of government and non-profit organizations that work to serve the needs of the homeless.
We learned a lot from the docents, who gave us a tour of the facilities, and how they serve men, women and families. They offer medical, dental and vision care, in addition to feeding, housing, clothing the members. Beyond that, there are addiction recovery programs, employment resources, educational opportunities, and programs for kids of all ages. Haven for Hope truly endeavors to do it all.
After our tour we began to set up in the chapel. We had brought photo cards to invite members to our worship service, and custom water bottles to pass out to those who came in. We handed out all of water bottles, so we presume that around 50 people came to worship with us.