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Make a hard right and you’ll enter a large room, warm with people eager to fill their empty bellies. This part of the building is full with the smell of hot meals coming in, volunteers scattered about, prepping the food and old friends catching up around tables soon to be filled with needed nourishment. Through another doorway you’ll find yourself in a lively hallway lined with people from all walks of life waiting to get tiny bottles of shampoo or talk to a kind doctor about a medical need.
All of this happens each Sunday at PIN Ministries, which stands for People In Need. PIN is a local organization focused around doing God’s work and touching the lives of the homeless and extremely poor within Virginia Beach. PIN has a small, full time staff and dozens of regular volunteers that spend their evenings and weekends lending a helping hand to someone in need. Local doctors volunteer their time to advise those who can’t afford medical care and everyday people contribute money, time, clothing, food, goods and love to keep this place stocked and running each week.
Medical help was exactly what one young woman at PIN, Tara, needed. She came through the openhearted doors of PIN needing assistance with her teeth. Where Tara should have had a mouth full of strong teeth, she had many holes and gaps. She lost her teeth, not to drugs or alcohol, but because her ex-boyfriend had abused her. When he hit her in the face he not only took away her smile, but he stripped her of her confidence. Thanks to PIN, Tara was able to get dentures which helped her secure a stable job, and she is now able to provide for herself and stay off the streets.
Over the years, PIN has even acquired homes to help families get on their feet and live in a stable and safe environment. The staff and volunteers are committed to helping the homeless change their lives from the first hungry meal they need, to finding a stable job, to finding somewhere safe to sleep at night.
For many on the streets, addiction plays a role within their lives. PIN works to rehabilitate the homeless by providing recovery groups twice a week for various additions such as drugs, alcohol, anger and codependency. Tammy, one of PINs many guests, knows all too well about this side of homelessness. She spent 20 hard years addicted to crack cocaine, which lead her to prison, where she made the life changing decision to ensure her future did not look the same as her past. Today, Tammy has been sober for over three years with the help of PIN and their recovery program. She currently lives in one of the ministries houses and now has her children back. She works full time and is almost ready to move forward from the assistance of PIN completely, and become self-sufficient.
Along with food, medical and clothing needs, PIN helps fill the spiritual void in many people that come to PIN for help. Following Sunday dinner is a church service that many within the community look forward to each week. On Thursday’s they provide dinner and a bible study. Everything PIN does in centered on God and his undying grace.
“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’” Mark 9:35 NIV
PIN needs your help. If you have a heart to serve the homeless or poor, PIN depends on your generosity, kindness and time. Each Sunday, hundreds of people in need of help turn to the loving staff and volunteers at PIN for clothing, hygiene needs, a warm meal, the care of a doctor and a listening ear.