STAR Winter Shelter

A few years ago, some church and ministry leaders in Hollywood started toying with the idea of having a Winter shelter in our city at the suggestion of a local government organization. The dream came to fruition, and after 8 weeks of providing shelter to about 30 of the most vulnerable in Hollywood, we just […]

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From the Prayer Room to the Streets

One of our newest volunteers and prayer warriors wrote this about her experiences since recently bringing our prayer team from the building to the street… Sooo, I’m no longer part of the mainstream (aka institutional) church since God told me I’d being doing something a little different and am now part of a street ministry. […]

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We’ve All Got Dirty Laundry

Laundry. A mundane aspect of our lives we think little about except when we open up an empty sock drawer, or the perfect jeans for those cute shoes we want to wear are dirty. So it’s surprising how washing someone’s clothes can have such a big impact on a person – or an entire area. […]

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Ah, Hollywood…

1.27.12 Friday night from Nate’s perspective: 10:57 I arrived at the laundromat where we do our Broken Hearts bible study every other Friday. The parking lot is completly filled and there are some funky lights and a crowd of folks inside the laundromat. I quickly spotted the owner of the laundromat who is a friend, […]

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Deep Truth in Drunken Cussing and Yelling

After taking out one of our friends for a birthday dinner as a team this Thursday, we headed to the streets, complaining of the cold. All bundled up in scarves and jackets, we stood shivering at the laundromat at 11pm while sharing prayer requests. We chatted at the donut shop for a while, inviting people […]

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Breaking the Barriers

Sometimes the people who need the most help are 1) the ones you’re scared to help, and 2) the ones who act like they don’t want your help at all. I fight this on a regular basis, whether it’s with the closed-off new girl sitting at church, or the “thug” on the street. If someone […]

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A movement of God on the street

I’ve always hated one thing about journalism and storytelling. As a writer, you get to hear the full story of someone’s experience that you’re writing about. Then you have to condense it, choosing what’s “most important” and sharing a recap for your audience. The audience never knows the difference. The writer remembers the shared emotions, […]

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Helping People "Retire" from the Streets

One of the most important – and least-known – ways that Broken Hearts meets the physical needs of those we meet on Thursday and Friday nights, is through what we call the Street Retirement Fund. This past year, it was given to two individuals – one male, one female – to help them get off […]

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A New Perspective

Last night I was was standing in front of a Laundromat in Hollywood watching as two guys literally dragged/carried their buddy over to a dark corner of the parking lot. He was passed out drunk. And not just falling down drunk, he actually quite easily could have passed for dead. I didn’t see him move […]

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She Gave Her Life to Jesus

“Keisha” has always been one of those people that I’d see on the street on a  regular basis, but never talked conversed with. There are just some people that – as much as you try to be friendly and talk – just don’t care to pay any attention to you (unless you’re one of those […]

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