Exodus Ministries hosts Strike-Out Homelessness bowling tournament
Exodus Ministries hosted a Strike-Out Homelessness Bowling Tournament to benefit those with needs. The event was hosted at Spare Time Bowling Center in Hixson on Saturday.
It was a special day for both the under-privileged and Exodus Ministries. It was the group's first time hosting this event and the executive director, Theresa Biggs was emotional when talking about what this event and ministry mean to her.
Theresa Biggs saw a great need in her Chattanooga community for those experiencing homelessness. Five-and-a-half years ago she decided to do something about it.
"Easter Sunday 2014, myself and a handful of friends just went out to Eleventh Street and we opened our car doors and we said ‘whosoever will, come on and let's go,’” Biggs told us.
Biggs and friends have been packing vans and taking the homeless to church since that day.
This ministry hit home for Biggs because she can relate to the people she's helping.
Biggs goes on to say, "I'm a survivor of domestic abuse and I went into hiding with a newborn and a two-year-old so God has been so good to me so now I just want to give back."
She has done more than give back. She has changed families' lives.
James Robinson who is part of a family that has received help from Exodus said, "To help other people in need, to help feed other families, it's a life-changing experience."
Biggs and Exodus Ministries had sixteen sponsors at the bowling tournament to help support them strike-out homelessness. All the proceeds go directly to helping families get out of shelters and off the streets.
Biggs said, "We provide first month's rent, security deposits, furnishing for their home, clothes for their children, pretty much anything they need to go from homelessness to permanent housing."
She goes on to say the ministry is truly about relationships, and it gives her joy to see families she has helped move forward with their lives.
So much that Biggs told us, "I'm actually doing a wedding in December for two of the individuals who were both homeless at different times."
This event and this ministry have helped bring the community together and let the homeless know they are not alone.
Robinson said, "We never knew that we would be one of the spokes families that Exodus Ministries actually helped."