Church Under The Bridge Holds Homeless Event 6/30/13
June 29, 2013
“Yes! We did it!,” exclaimed Rhonda Jones.
On a normal day, four tortillas might be part of one meal for her. Today those tortillas are lunch for her team of three people who are homeless
For 24 hours, members from Church Under The Bridge found out first-hand what it's like to be homeless in West Texas. They slept on the ground and had warm soda and stale chips for breakfast.
“I want to quit, I don’t want to finish. We wanted to stay in the car and not do this part of the adventure,” Jones said when CBS 7 first interviewed her.
But, she didn't quit. Dressed in donated clothes she walked the streets to complete a few tasks: walk four miles back to the church, collect 50 cans and find food and money. All while fighting the summer heat as a homeless person.
“They’re doing it to get people the experience of what it’s like to actually live on the streets,” said Evan Rogers the president of Church Under The Bridge.
“We smell! And it’s awful,” Jones said.
The team searched tirelessly for cans and money but by mid-afternoon they had four cents and were desperate for food.
“Famished,” she said.
“Just like I need to sit down my feet hurt. I’m just tired”
Then she headed for the restaurant doors.
“We are homeless and I have four pennies, can I get just one tortilla?,” she asked the cashier.
A cashier gave her a dollar to by those four tortillas.
Today this meager lunch for Rhonda was a victory
“We won! I feel like this is great,” she said, tearing into her food.
And after the simple meal, her team hit the road again to carry on their mission to live homeless for a day.