Source’s mission is to empower the at-risk and unreached to make a break from the past and build foundations for the future. Source looks to serve the urban poor, gutter punks, modern day travelers, homeless youth, victims of prostitution and drug abuse – along with anti-mainstream individuals and emerging artists – all who are trying to overcome walls built by victimization and skepticism.
Source has over 20 years of history working with national homeless youth outreaches including Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Chicago, Regional Rainbow Gatherings in Florida and National Rainbow Gatherings throughout the country. Our goal is to do holistic outreach by being a friend who serves people’s needs along with being a voice that communicates God’s love and forgiveness. Meals, relief work, food shelves and creative events allow us to make contact and build trust to speak Hope and then offer Opportunity for lasting life change through mentorship, transitional homes and life-skill programs.
Ben and Teresa, National Homeless Youth Outreach staff, have worked over the past 16 years participating in and leading ministries to the at-risk and unreached throughout the United States. Hosting the Jesus Kitchen at Rainbow Gatherings, thousands of meals to the homeless, baptisms in the woods, connecting young people with residential mentoring programs, training outreach teams and over 5,000 miles traveled annually across the nation have all been a part of their journey. They became new parents in 2014 and after a long time partnership with Source, came on staff in 2015.
Highlights for Ben and Teresa in 2016, have been acquiring a new motorhome, which they use as their mobile ministry vehicle and home, hosting the Jesus Kitchen at a Regional Rainbow Gathering in Florida and the National Rainbow Gathering in Vermont. As they look forward to 2017, their plans include Rainbow Gatherings in Florida and Oregon, as well as working with homeless youth in Minneapolis, Alabama and throughout the country.