At Network, our mission is to create a place for long-term redemptive relationships.
“People may come to our communities because they want to serve the poor; they will only stay once they have discovered that they themselves are the poor.”
— Jean Vanier
Since 1978 we’ve spent very little energy providing food, clothing, or even attempting to solve homelessness. Our primary desire is to create a hub for redemptive relationship. Healing begins and ends with relationship.
Network is full of odd folks and that also includes the guests. It is easier to stigmatize people who both look and feel “crazy”, but many people either look sane and feel crazy, or look crazy and feel sane. So, we’ve determined that stigmatizing people isn’t healthy and we try to eliminate the word “crazy” when it comes to identifying a human being.
Somehow, as we become friends with people who are seemingly very different from ourselves God helps us get to know Christ & ourselves better. This is a vision of solidarity.
We believe that chronic homelessness is largely a product of the way people bond or attach. Economics is a secondary phenomena—homelessness isn’t bad, just different. Jesus was poor by any American standards. We are all poor in one way or another—our discomfort with poverty is something each of us wrestle with.
Creating a place for relationship? A long time ago the world was created as a place for redemptive relationships. Then Jesus came along and reiterated to his friends, "I'm going to prepare a place for you so that you can be where I am."
Here at Network we're still convinced that Jesus was really on to something.
He seemed to encourage an economy of abundance rather than scarcity and community rather than individualism. Network is our humble attempt to follow his weird ways.
The people of Network change very slowly and in very subtle increments. It’s OK to want change; friends do. While waiting on the changes we're learning to pray.
We are always looking for friends who desire to be present with our community of ragamuffin saints, to sit a spell, sip some coffee, play chess, and develop redemptive relationships.
Your contribution keeps Network going!
Network provides coffee, tea, showers, and a safe place to belong. Our staff & volunteers take loving their neighbor seriously!