Shepherd’s Arms Rescue Mission believes James 1:27 is a key scripture for joining the Lord in the work He is doing among widows as it states, “Pure religion before God is to care for orphans and widows in distress and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” Warren and Cleyta Andrews are our benevolence ministers to the widows. All widows receive a monthly food box. A monthly visit is also scheduled with pizza and encouragement from our benevolence team.
A monthly luncheon and Bible study is also provided as a means of ongoing fellowship and spiritual growth.
The newest outreach to widows is a weekly knitting class where the widows meetwith former homeless residents to fellowship and learn the art of knitting. Dinner is also served weekly on Wednesday evenings to those attending the knitting class. Biblical devotions are a vital part of the knitting class.
Partnership with the Anglican Church of the Redeemer is a joyous relationship as the Anglican Church conducts an annual Christmas Luncheon for the widows. Partnership with the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church Youth Group has been such a blessing for the past ten years as the youth of the church pack the monthly food boxes for the widows. Blankets and homemade quilts have been a gift of the Lord to the widows and other clients of SARM. These quilts are made and donated by the ladies of the City Church of Chattanooga and St. Jude Catholic Church.
During the past 15 years Shepherd’s Arms has made over 15,500 visits to widows.