Monday, January 31, 2011


When weather conditions are particularly brutal, Wayside Christian Mission’s Samaritan Patrol combs the streets looking for homeless men and women. One of our patrol volunteers sent this report: “Last night, I did my three hour ‘white flag’ run with Wayside. Looking for new homeless, I stopped the van in Southern Indiana and hollered up into the top of an overpass and after a thirty second delay, a man spoke. After I told him who we represented, he came down to ground level. He has been in and out of prison after committing various assaults and told other wild tales. He knew and could speak of the Bible very eloquently. He quoted Job and John…when I asked him his name to pray for him, he said ‘Whosoever.’ A real character!”

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Guest Artist Franklin Jones

Guest Artist Franklin Jones, presented a history of the slave trade in Ghana. Mr. Jones has traveled extensively in Ghana and displayed numerous prints from his journeys. About 100 guests attended the presentation which was educational revealing little known facts of abuse that took place during the slave trade period.

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Wayside Expression's Guest Artist This Month - Franklin Jones

Tim Moseley, Elmer Lucille Allen and Franklin Jones in The Anderson Chapel, location of the Wayside Expressions Art Gallery. Elmer Lucille has directed the gallery as a volunteer for the past five years, from its beginnings at the old Market Street location to the new location at 120 West Broadway. The new location offers showings for guest artists and "art from the street" from shelter residents each month. A reception is held for each showing the first Friday of each month from 5-9 pm. A second showing is held on the third Sunday of each month from 2-4 pm. The showings are open to the general public at no charge.

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Sammy Gordon Gives Orders to his Sunday Class Students Volunteering in the Broadway Kitchen

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The Temple's Sunday Volunteers at Hotel Louisville

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Last Sunday, Sammy Gordon brought his Sunday class to Hotel Louisville for a morning of service. The 30 plus students, worked in the kitchen baking cakes for our residents to enjoy later in the day. Several members helped to set up the Art Gallery for a showing taking place in the afternoon. Sammy and his wife Marlene, a former Louisville Coalition for the Homeless Director, have been supporters of the Mission and other homeless agencies for many years. Marlene Gordon helped the Mission to successfully achieve shelter status at Second and Broadway by organizing the support of other homeless shelters, coalition members and her board to join Wayside's fight against unfair housing practices during 2010.

Duane Nathaniel Delivery MLK's "I Have a Dream Speech" at Wayside's Hotel Louisville

To a crowd of over 200 Wayside clients and guest, Duane Nathaniel delivered MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. The Mission provides a memorial service each year remembering King's fight for justice. During the past three years the Mission has been fighting for "fair housing" a battle King would likely have championed. In the final months of 2010 the Mission was finally given the right to operated a women and families shelter at 120 West Broadway, Hotel Louisville, after filing a formal HUD complaint against Metro Louisville Government. Through an agreement with HUD, city leaders agreed to support fair housing for the poor of our community. Wayside now operates Hotel Louisville as a shelter (on four housing floors), while offering rooms to the public on four floors. The operation allows for training residents in hospitality and hotel operations, while the social enterprise helps pay the expenses of funding the shelter at the Broadway location.

Rev. Dick Anderson, founder of Wayside Christian Mission, reports that the Mission was the first integrated shelter located south of the Mason-Dixon Line when it incorporated and opened its doors in 1957. Anderson refused to accept start up funding from private donors who wanted him to have an all "white" mission. During a recent visit to Hotel Louiisville, the still active founder reported turning down a donation of $7,000 from a man who didnt agree with his equal housing approach during the late 50's.

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Wayside's Choir at West Chestnut St. Bapt. Church MLK Service

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Much has changed since that fatal bullet struck down one of America’s greatest advocates for the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, and the disheartened. While the plague of racial discrimination remains, the great yawning chasm that once existed between America’s black citizens and white citizens continues to diminish. As time moves forward, racial discrimination will become the exception rather than the rule. It is therefore fitting that our nation honors a leader who gave his life for the cause of equality and freedom. On this solemn occasion, let us permit Dr. King to speak for himself.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

A lie cannot live.

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

A right delayed is a right denied.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.