𝐼𝒻 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝓂𝓎 𝒷𝒶𝒸𝓀𝓎𝒶𝓇𝒹, 𝓌𝒽𝑜𝓈𝑒?


We don't engage in politics or advocacy. Our mission is to feed people, spread mercy, use our showers for dignity, and share kindness to the unhoused community.


Our bias is that we believe every unhoused person is a human being. We are separated only by circumstances.


We want everyone to have a home, inside. We are not pro-criminal or anti-business (as some suggest). We are pro-positive outcomes.


On neighborhood websites and facebook groups we found language like vagrants, animals, idiots, scum and worthless to describe unhoused humans. It's upsetting and dangerous.


Our hope is for productive discussions and actual solutions for medical care, adequate shelter beds, mental health care, and addiction treatment. Just to name a few things.

In the meantime, we will continue to do the work we are called to do.

Each of these people are immediate members of our community. Some live in houses and some don't. They are separated by circumstances, not birthright.


Each has or had parents, children, nephews, nieces, neighbors and siblings. You can judge, marginalize, or kick those who don't have houses, but don't forget there are very few degrees of separation between us.


We would love for you to walk with us on our mission of non-judgment, grace and radical hospitality.

The first step is to attend our Outreach Ambassador Training. Link in the bio to register. Everyone is welcome.

    What scripture says about serving the unhoused...

𝕊𝕚𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 🩵


I ask my friends about their self-care all the time; especially my friends who are doing the trauma work, healing, enforcing boundaries and being aware of their triggers.


Self-care doesn't have to be fancy, it's the simple things that actually matter.


Childhood trauma and PTSD are root causes of homelessness, as are domestic violence and substance abuse disorder.


Trauma is a cause and effect of homelessness. In fact, homelessness is a trauma in and of itself.

Imagine not having access to the simple things or sitting in your despair day after day. It becomes a rock of hopelessness so deep and heavy, you won't be able to go anywhere.

We spent a blessed morning serving the unhoused in Del Paso Heights. It was significant to us because expansion of showers and outreach into Del Paso Heights is our primary (strategic) initiative for 2024. 

Strategic—“relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.”

8 months ago, God put Del Paso Heights on our hearts, we prayed about it, God confirmed it, and our Board approved it. 

Thanks to God, He connected us to the right people and doors started to open.

These images are not intended to diminish hardships, glamorize our work, or demonize the unhoused humans who are living along a 2 mile span of largely public land. They should inspire compassion and highlight that these living conditions exist in our City. It’s everyone’s backyard, not just the residents of Del Paso Heights.

Our partner in this project is “Neighborhood  Wellness”. They want the land for parks, bike riding, and a safe place for kids. But they don’t not want to at the expense of dehumanizing the unhoused.

We too want people to live inside! However, hopelessness is not a solution.  

Our work is to cultivate hope in despair through connection, kindness, food, hygiene and hot coffee. 

We would love your help. 

Check out these testimonials from Midtown Church Members:


"I am still trying to figure out the right adjective to describe how I've been feeling about Saturday. Humbled of course but it's so much more than that. Blessed to have been a small part and honored to know women and men who lead their lives with the heart of Jesus. I will return."  Elaine (Saturday showers)


"It was truly a pleasure to participate in this loving and thoughtful community ministry. I have only visited Midtown 3 times and am loving it so far! Tuesday’s opportunity to serve was an extension of what I have been doing as a solo effort for months. Such welcoming people- Lovely!" Camille (Tuesday packing party)


Our partnership with Midtown Church has been very fruitful, and a lot of fun. We are growing! We have grown in the number of volunteers. We are expanding our territory. We are launching a weekly shower program. And we are able to provide jobs for people in need of employment opportunities.


With this amazing growth, our practical needs have increased. The support of our community will be essential for this season and also for the sustainability of the ministry.


This month we are suggesting 2 additional ways for you to support the ministry:

Imago Dei: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.“ Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬


We are sharing images of our friends for Valentine’s Day. The thread woven through each is love.


ℝ𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕝 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖: In common terms, radical love is unconditional love. It’s given freely without having to be earned and regardless of what’s received in return. This type of love is unmotivated by the possibility of reciprocation or reward. Its ultimate purpose is selflessness, compassion, understanding, and gratitude.


If it’s not radical love we don’t want it.♥️

 January 15, 2024

𝓓𝓸 𝓙𝓾𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓬𝓮, 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮 𝓚𝓲𝓷𝓭𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓼, 𝓦𝓪𝓵𝓴 𝓗𝓾𝓶𝓫𝓵𝔂…

The life of Dr Martin Luther King and his legacy of fighting for JUSTICE inspires our work of serving the most marginalized and vulnerable humans in our community. 

- Micah 6:8 says, “This is what is required of us, to Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly.” 

- Personally, I am the product of kindness from someone who saw past my mess and loved me anyway. Her kindness was the spark that ignited hope in me and it’s what drives me to be a spark in dark and messy places. 

- We created Reality Tours to guide people through unhoused encampments in a safe and respectful way. Our goal is to change hearts by providing a firsthand witness to the injustice in our community—before judging it or avoiding it. 

- The Tours have changed hearts and activated people to serve. 

- To learn more about our Reality Tours email taralouise@beencouragedinc.com or call/text 916 956-4974.

Food is the foundation of our outreach program. 

There would be no outreach without the brown bag lunches lovingly made by our volunteers. 

We estimate that 75% of the people we serve are hungry when we arrive.  Some very hungry.

Click on the image above to sign-up  to make brown bag lunches to ensure that we always have plenty.

The more food we receive the more people we can feed.

WE all have a story. Our stories humanize us, and by us, I mean ALL of us. It’s safe to assume that houseless people have complicated stories—usually with more trials than triumphs.


We don’t ask people their stories before we know them. It happens organically through connection and trust. We don’t judge or criticize. We help in the ways we can and we hold their pain and stories in our hearts.


These are a few of our friends:


1. “Cheeseburger” we got to know him over the course of a year. He always welcomed us with a big and smile and booming voice. 8 weeks ago he showed up at Church and instantly connected with our volunteers. Since then he has shared his story with us. He took many wrong turns in life, including gang affiliation and prison, Eventually it became impossible for him to get back on track. He continues to come to church and he volunteers with us every Wednesday.


2. Leora’s whole face lit up when we put this jacket on her. She loved the attention from us and even bragged to her camp mates that we took her picture. I would describe her as quiet with an overwhelming spirit of sadness around her, you can feel it. Leora’s 52 year old son stays with her in the camp. She told us once it’s not safe for him to be on his own. He recently went missing. She was distraught. Thankfully she asked us for prayer, which is not very common. The good news is he came home 2 weeks later.


3. The last pic is Lala and her father. We’ve known Lala for a long time. She is literally the best dog. We have gotten to know her dad a little bit, not much though. This week he told us how grateful the encampment is for us. He also said we are the most protected people on the river.

"For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building." 1 Corinthians 3:9


Be Encouraged Inc is a small organization with a heart to do big things.


The situation for houseless people in Sacramento is dire. During outreach we have come across circumstances you would never expect to see in our city. Besides shocking us and breaking our hearts, we were reminded that what is happening on our streets is more than just an inconvenience.


Serving in the capacity we are called to is not sustainable without consistent help and encouragement. We strive for organizational health and integrity in the services we provide. We have been blessed by our outreach team, and are confident it will continue to grow. 

 

Our ask is that you pray about how God would use you in our ministry. Please email us at either Dawn@beencouragedinc.com OR taralouise@beencouragedinc.com withe any questions you have.

There has been a lot of turmoil on the streets. Nobody is happy. 


Our mission is mercy, dignity and hope. Lately we have been praying for miracles too. The Love bags we delivered today provided a little levity and a lot of smiles. Kindness can spark hope.


Regardless of the judgement so easily levied against the houseless, it is not easy or fun or healthy. In fact, suffering is the norm, and as the houseless population grows, it gets worse.


I’ve never met anyone who said,”I hope to be houseless one day” or, “My dream is to be addicted to opiates, alcohol, or meth” or “I  love that everyone hates me.”


There are very few shelter beds, not enough housing options, few rehabs, and  limited mental health care.


We empathize with merchants and property owners. We are not pro-crime. It is truly a mess out there.


We hate the situation, but have empathy for the people.

"Going out to people instead of them having to go somewhere and wait in a long line give them more dignity and respect. It also shows that we see them and we care. I have been very blessed already by serving. I feel connected to others and to God when we serve. I have more gratitude for everything I have and I also am able to see how easy my life is. When it rained overnight recently it hit me that it didn't really affect me at all but it would be another difficulty for someone that is unhoused." Leah


"Be Encouraged has done well in showing me  that we are all made in the image of God and deserving of goodness and kindness from one another. My favorite part of serving is  experiencing the gratitude from the people we serve as we pray for their needs...I am moved by their appreciation!" Charleen

For our laundry program, we choose 5 people and gather a load of laundry from each person. We gather, wash, fold, and return the clothes the same day. No strings attached. 

We know we are barely making a dent in needs of the houseless community. But we remain obedient to the call and to what we CAN do for the people in front of us. 

There’s no dignity without clean clothes or basic hygiene.  And there’s no hope without dignity.  The laundry was done with donated quarters and donated laundry supplies. 

We are also using the program to move houseless individuals into employment.  

November 3, 2023

We received an amazing holiday gift bag haul from the Bayside Women's Bible Study Group.  We were blown away by thir generosity and are so  excited to sort and deliver!