Homeless Jesus: World Day of the Poor event


Saint Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street East, Charleston, WV, will join more than 40 international cities uniting around the sculpture Homeless Jesus on November 17th to honor World Day of the Poor.

The statue, by sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, is serving as a catalyst to invite our city to donate blankets and socks for the homeless of Charleston to provide warmth and protection during the upcoming winter season.

The World Day of the Poor is intended to inspire people worldwide to greater service of the poor and marginalized.

“Homeless Jesus was always intended to challenge people’s views of the poor right in front of us,” said Schmalz. “I’m thrilled that it is going even further in inspiring others to take concrete action to serve them.”

Concrete action: Bring blankets and socks (with moisture-wicking, if possible) to place on the Homeless Jesus statue located at Saint Marks church on Washington St, East, across from the US Post Office. Donated items will be collected by volunteers in the church and handed out throughout the winter to our poor and marginalized neighbors in Charleston. 

Drop off days/times: Sunday, November 17th and Monday, November 18th, 7 am to 6 pm.