Displaced Roses | About Us
Displaced Roses is a Christ-led homeless outreach ministry that serves unhoused individuals living on the streets of Gaston County. This ministry (with the help of volunteers) feeds, clothes and gives basic essentials out weekly; but most importantly, we provide hope to the many that have lost it. God’s word compels us as Christians to love and help others, especially with the resources we have:
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God
But also, his word reminds us of what his son, Jesus Christ, endured to be a living beacon for souls to follow. As a ministry, we reflect on how Jesus had no home to call his own while doing his Father’s work. Jesus even describes these woes he endured and how we, even now, can continue to be of service:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me!
Matthew 25:35-46, 40
Building relationships and showing (not just telling) the love of Jesus, will always be the driving force of this homeless outreach ministry. Please join us as we work to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that needs God’s love more than ever.
Kyle and Kristine Ahrens began helping homeless individuals that they would see around their community. They utilized couponing to help make up care bags to hand out to those they passed on the street. By 2014, The couple built several bonds throughout the displaced community, helping individuals buy clothes, food and even transporting to doctor’s appointments. The Ahrens met even more people in need as they volunteered with census takers that were counting unhoused citizens. They used that opportunity to feed, minister and expand their outreach into the camps or “tent cities” in the greater Gaston County area. In the Fall of 2020, they partnered with Connections Church in Belmont, NC, and became Displaced Roses. What started out as a calling placed on their hearts by the Lord, has and is continuing to grow.
‘Displaced’ is another term for homeless. ‘Roses’ are often thought of as the most beautiful flowers, meant to be cherished. But for our founder Kristine, who became aware of the strife that the unhoused population suffered by the early age of ten, it also holds another significance, remembrance. She had two uncles that were affected by chronic homelessness that shared the last name "Rose". Sadly, in 2017 one of those uncles was struck by a car. A mere hour after praying the Lord’s Prayer and accepting Jesus into his life, he passed away. In combining these two words we not only describe who we serve but also give honor to the uncles that touched her life.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to lessen the hardship of being displaced by providing cooked meals, clothing, blankets, coats, basic essential needs and HOPE to unhoused individuals living on the street.
Our vision is to expand our resources to be able to assist in many areas, including:
- Three (3) Daily Meals
- Job Training
- Laundry Capabilities
- Showers and Mobile Shower Trailers
- Resource/Referral Center
- Housing Needs
- Emergency Shelter
Our street outreach was the starting point of Displaced Roses, and will always be the heart of this ministry. Building relationships is vital to what we do.
Called to Help?
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