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Home Street Home ministry takes personal approach to homeless outreach

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 21:12:46-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man who was formerly homeless uses his ministry, Home Street Home, and personal experience to serve Nashville's homeless community.

Steve Young was homeless for five years and says he knows how to help the homeless in a more personal way. He and volunteers work side-by-side with people until they're fully out of their situation.

Home Street Home meets people out in one of Nashville's many homeless camps to build relationships with them. Young learns what their individual needs are and helps them get taken care of.

If those needs are a tank of propane, he brings it. If that person is ready to get off of the streets, Home Street Home will walk them through getting a place to stay as well as a sustainable job.

It's a task that isn't as easy as it sounds. Young says for someone to get off the street and and stay off the street, it takes consistent help. Many don't have transportation and need the encouragement from someone who understands.

"It's hard sometimes for them to get from point A to point B. So, we're going to walk with them every step of the way. If they get a job and they need clothing for that job. Be it work gear or steel toed boots. We're going to get that for them. We're not going to say congratulations, good luck," said Young.

Young operates the ministry this way because he knows through personal experience that it works.

He relies on donations and the support of local businesses to continue bringing aid to homeless people throughout Nashville. Donations are accepted on the Home Street Home website.