We exist to enrich the lives of our neighbors experiencing homelessness by sharing a meal , some basic supplies and the love of Christ while meeting our neighbors where they are.
This project is the result of a chance sighting of a very thin man in dirty jeans (that looked way too big for him) digging in a dumpster in the heat of summer in Ft. Worth, Texas some 35 to 40 years ago. He found a box that looked like Church's Chicken, with maybe a part of a wing and a few fries, and savored his find. This was the first time I remember noticing someone that might be experiencing homelessness and the impact has stayed with me ever since.
I began to give cash to people on the streets or at the corner. Friends would say, “don't give them any money, they will just buy some liquor or drugs.” While that is a valid argument, I feel we should not give a gift with conditions. Proverbs 31:6-7 says: "Give liquor or strong drink to someone who is perishing, and wine to someone who is deeply depressed. Let him drink, forget his poverty, and remember his troubles no more." I don't know about you, but I find some comfort in that.
Steve Warren, Founder of Doing What I Can
In 2018, a friend and I were having our regular monthly lunch and through our conversations, he caused me to realize I was missing something in my life. He introduced me to an organization called Possibilities, Inc. and convinced me to apply for their Innovation Program (PIP). It started with a weekend discovery retreat that changed my life and I learned how one person could make a real difference. A woman named Cherie took casseroles once a month to feed the homeless in her OKC neighborhood and she was my inspiration. I told her how inspiring her story was to me and she responded with a very direct question:
"What are you waiting for?"
That was it - Doing What I Can was born.