How Did It Happen and Who Helped? By Max Klinkenborg We gave our first shower on February 23, 2021, at the Salvation Army Church on Avenue of the Arts in Surprise. It was our maiden voyage with the trailer and we gave 9 showers and charged 5 cell phones. Little did we know that day… Continue reading 500 Showers in First Year
It’s the church being the church! There are so many good things happening at The Palms – our mission and outreach ministry with our homeless population is certainly at the forefront of that! It’s the church being the church! This week marks the one-year anniversary of our Feet-N-More Shower Trailer ministry. This ministry goes out… Continue reading Shower trailer one-year anniversary!
By Max Klinkenborg We gave 30 showers that day—Juneteenth—at the Salvation Army Church in Tempe as part of “Day of Freedom.” Our volunteers were in the shade, gulping cold water and wiping sweat in the 116-degree mid-afternoon heat, as the man approached our registration table and asked if he could have a shower. “Of course.… Continue reading Feet-N-More Shower Ministry Exceeds 200 Showers
by Max Klinkenborg, Feet-N-More Shower Ministry Beginning Wednesday, June 16th, FEET-N-MORE, the shower trailer ministry of Church of the Palms, will be providing showers at Santa Teresita Catholic Church in El Mirage. At the invitation of St. Vincent de Paul’s food distribution and feeding program at Santa Teresita, we will be there from 9:00 a.m.–1:00… Continue reading Second Shower Trailer Site Begins in June
By Max KlinkenborgShower Trailer Ministry The shower trailer of “FEET-N-MORE” of Church of the Palms has been in the city of Surprise on 2/23 and 3/9, providing hot showers for the homeless. On our first outing, we provided 9 showers, and it grew to 12 our second time. In addition to the showers, we are… Continue reading Dispatches from ‘FEET-N-MORE’ Shower Ministry
“Who starts a new ministry right in the middle of a pandemic?” That was Pastor Jim’s question/statement to us at the shower trailer dedication. The answer is, “We do!” We are called to be about ministry despite the pandemic, right in the middle of pandemic, because of the pandemic. Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the… Continue reading Who starts a new ministry right in the middle of a pandemic?
By Max Klinkenborg A seven-member shower trailer committee has been meeting weekly for the last two months to establish protocols for use of the trailer, decide on the “wrapping” for the trailer, to pick a name for the shower ministry, and much more. The name comes from the Biblical story of Jesus taking on the… Continue reading The Palms’ shower ministry is named ‘FEET-N-MORE’
by Max Klinkenborg The shower trailer arrived at Church of the Palms on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, after a 1,534-mile trip from Elkhart, Indiana, where it was manufactured. It came with a notebook full of instructions and manuals for the air conditioner, water heater, controls, etc. To provide the electrical power for the trailer, we… Continue reading The Shower Trailer is Here; Now What?
The Church of the Palms’ shower trailer was delivered on October 20! Once it’s ready, we’ll invite their I-HELP guests to be the first to use it. In time we’ll use the shower trailer around the NW Valley, offering showers to the homeless on regular schedules. The shower trailer has three private compartments, each containing a… Continue reading The shower trailer is here!
by Max Klinkenborg It began with a need and a desire to help. In mid-2019, as Church of the Palms members planned for hosting the homeless at our church as part of the NW Valley I-HELP program, we realized that personal hygiene was a big need of our guests. Cleanliness is a basic right of… Continue reading Shower Trailer Ministry Moves Forward