We are a group of people who recognize that there is a problem in our community with chronic homelessness. We realize that without intervention, many of the chronically homeless in Murfreesboro can’t or won't go through available and existing processes which are in place to help them get from point A to point B.
We seek out the chronically homeless and try to meet their immediate physical needs. Working with existing community resources, we strive to help people become reestablished in society. Where those resources fall short, we do our best to fill in the gaps, in an effort to bring people back to wholeness. We work toward finding solutions for individuals, as well as building resources for larger community solutions.
We accomplish this by creating relationships built on trust, consistency and brotherly love. Maintaining a healthy rapport with the homeless community gives us the ability to create a vehicle that paves the way for success. We bring resources to these individuals without requiring them to come to us. In our city, we actively work to bring awareness of barriers and injustices that hinder success for the homeless.
"Cold Patrol" is really just a catchy name for a service we provide the community in the winter, but don't be deceived by the name. We, along with a great group of friends who are committed to making a positive impact in our community, are working hard year round to make sure these most vulnerable members of our community have the resources they need to survive living outdoors and are introduced to opportunities available to them to achieve measurable, positive change (friends being the most important of those resources)! In June of 2015, we started doing routine well-being checks twice weekly (on Wednesdays and Fridays), and we take sack lunches to camps in an effort to build relationships during the times that the Coldest Nights shelter isn’t open (aka “The Sack Lunch Bunch”). There are dozens of churches, businesses, and individuals that are committed to help us with this effort by providing the meals. We also use everyday resources to build on these relationships. Some of these resources are clothing, shoes, eye glasses, camping supplies, rides to and from appointments, hotel rooms and the list is really never ending.
As the winter emergency shelter program opens, I will post invitations for folks to come join our folks at the shelter for fellowship, card playing, etc. There is ample need and opportunity for folks to invest their time into the lives of folks who, in most cases, have lost their entire support system.
We are currently launching a "one-on-one" mentorship program, where we would love to help you get paired up with someone to identify some of their goals and obstacles and help them to achieve measurable progress.
We have formed a Board of Directors in preparation for filing for non-profit incorporation, and will introduce you to our talented board very soon.
We believe that it takes a village to make a difference so we work hard to partner with other non-profits and community organizations that are doing great things in their respective areas of focus. We routinely work alongside various churches and community organizations and do our best to fill in the gaps!
This is who we are. Love is what we do! We believe we have been commissioned with the ministry of reconciliation (1Cor. 5).
If you are concerned for an individual this winter or in any season and would like for someone to see about his or her well-being, please don't hesitate to call us! We will be glad to go introduce ourselves and see how we can help. Thank you for being interested and sharing our posts! That helps!! Pray with us that every person in our community has the opportunity to stay warm this winter and that the people we come in contact with have the opportunity to be treated as human and loved well through their most difficult struggles all year long!
MCP Year End Newsletter
Thank you so much for supporting our efforts with the homeless community in Murfreesboro. We absolutely cannot do what we do without your support and encouragement. In the months of September – the end of November, we have distributed 34 tents, 94 sleeping bags, 8 back packs, 5 propane heaters, 90 propane canisters, 72 blankets, Read more about December 2016 Update[…]
In case you didn’t already know, The Contributor paper has come to Murfreesboro! There are several vendors around town, and more are being added regularly. The Contributor supports efforts to improve the quality of life of homeless or formerly homeless individuals by highlighting the issues surrounding homelessness, the organizations who support and advocate for the Read more about The Contributor Comes To Murfreesboro![…]
Thank you so much for supporting us with your donations. We cannot do what we do with out you sharing your resources with us. We are still seeing an increase in the number of homeless individuals, as the days get warmer. In the month of april we distributed 14 tents, 13 sleeping bags,2 backpacks, 2 propane Read more about April 2016 Update[…]
Thank you so much for supporting us with your donations. We cannot do what we do with out you sharing your resources with us. We have noticed an increase in the number of homeless individuals, especially in the last month. In the month of march we distributed 15 tents, 18 sleeping bags, 2 propane heaters, 22 propane Read more about March 2016 Update[…]
Back in the fall of last year, The Murfreesboro Cold Patrol was honored to partner with the Murfreesboro Muslim Youth, to host an interfaith picnic at Barfield Park. NPT was there and did a short segment on the event which will come out this Spring.On April 10, we will have another “Love Your Neighbor” picnic, Read more about Love Your Neighbor[…]
Thank you so much for supporting the Murfreesboro Cold Patrol with donations! It is an honor to partner with you in service of our community! In the month of February, we gave out 14 tents, 20 sleeping bags, 1 back pack, 10 propane heaters, 148 propane canisters, 41 blankets, 72 pairs of socks, 2 pair Read more about February 2016 Update[…]
January, 2016 Update We cannot do what we do without your support! The month of January, we gave out 14 tents, 11 sleeping bags, 4 backpacks, 8 propane heaters, 100 cans of propane, 50 blankets, 80 pairs of socks, 8 pairs of thermals, 40 pairs of gloves, 40 hats, 110 hand warmers, 25-$5 gift cards, Read more about January 2016 Update[…]