Thurs., Dec. 11, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
Services to the Homeless
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Tim Knapp, Director, Career Training and Education Center
Bowery Mission, New York City
The Bowery Mission is one of the oldest missions to the homeless of New York City, dating back to 1879. The Mission is located on the lower east side of Manhattan, which is one of the oldest areas of the city. The Mission funding is 100 percent private, which enables a Gospel centered ministry. The Bowery Mission ministers to the city by serving three meals a day to the street homeless of the area. More than 370,000 meals are served per year and it’s the men of the Residential Recovery Program who do much of the work. Daily, food trucks are loaded with meals served to homeless persons at various parks – including Central Park – throughout the city. The homeless may walk in any time, day or night, for food, shelter or clothing. Although
every story is heartbreaking, many opportunities are available at the mission to assist people with counseling, life skills and career development training, enabling lives to be rebuilt. Join Tim Knapp as he shares his experiences with providing services to the homeless of New York City.
About the Speaker:
Tim Knapp is the director of Career Training and Education at The Bowery Mission of New York City. He works full time, providing career and job development and training, along with a multitude of other valuable services for the people of The Bowery Mission. Mr. Knapp is a born-and-raised Oklahoman, and he and his wife own the vacation cottage retreat Rivers Edge Cottages in McCurtain County, so he spends time both in NYC and in Oklahoma. Mr. Knapp’s role at the Bowery Mission is to help the men in the residential recovery program develop the skills necessary to re-enter the workplace. By giving them the basic skills needed for life, relationships and work, the program enables them to move back toward meaningful lives. They receive vocational training, certification, spiritual stability, and, most of all, hope.