Jump directly to the Content
Jump directly to the Content

Sermon Illustrations

Home > Sermon Illustrations

Tiny Home Village Offers Pathway to Permanent Housing

Through its constellation of tiny homes, The Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village has brought opportunity and vitality to 41 residents of North Hollywood.

Jolinn Bracey is one such resident, and she’s grateful for the changes she’s already experienced. She said, "This has given me a place to reconfigure myself. It put me back into the practice of being consistent in the normal things that you do. It grounds you."

Though Bracey’s home is only 64 square feet, it has a bed, racks for clothing, air conditioning (a must-have in southern California), and a feature that most of us take for granted: a front door with a lock. Bracey said, "It's the first time in a long time that I don't feel like someone is going to come up on me.”

Residents are fed three meals a day and have access to showers, both of which are tremendously rejuvenating after going without. Rowan Vansleve, president of the nonprofit that operates Chandler, said, "It's really humbling to say, 'I can't feed myself. I can't house myself. I can't get a hot shower.’ We do everything we can to make this site welcoming. We call it the 'Love Club.’”

Bracey has plans to move into an apartment, just a few blocks away from the parking garage where she used to sleep in her car. She is also two classes away from completing an associate’s degree program at a local community college. She hopes to use her education to eventually help other Chandler residents. "I just want to help everybody not go through what I went through."

Possible Preaching Angle:

When we serve the poor and help those without homes get into stable housing, we're helping to live out the compassion of Jesus, who publicly identified with the downtrodden and the destitute as part of his ministry.

Related Sermon Illustrations

Couple Donates Wedding Deposit to Feed the Hungry

When Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis wanted to celebrate their love and share it with others, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on their plans. But it couldn’t stop their generosity. ...

[Read More]

Soccer Coach Finds a Way to Help the Homeless

For almost 10 years, Adam Bruckner, [assistant coach for the Philadelphia Kixx indoor soccer team], has made it his personal mission to help the homeless. Actually, "help" ...

[Read More]