Brendan Moore Photography's Phoenix Arizona Advertising, Editorial, and Corporate Photography Blog
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
People helping People: Walking the Cross
This is Jim Cherrier's finger, and this
is his Bible. He got it in prison. He lives at The Phoenix Dream Center now, phxdreamcenter.org , a faith based halfway house in Phoenix, Arizona. Jim lived in half a dozen countries by the time he was eighteen and traveled to 80 more. Had a wonderful family and a high paying job. Jim's lived on the streets for 20 of his 56 years now, and he lost that family, that job and his arm to heroin. Today he's Walking the Cross. Jim met a woman Walking the Cross years ago before he lost his arm, and now he does it every Sunday, rain or shine. He's done it every Sunday for a year and three months, almost the whole time he's been with Church On the Streets. Church On the Streets Phoenix, cotsphoenix.com , is a ministry born on the streets of the largest city in Arizona, and that now resides at The Phoenix Dream Center. Walking The Cross is one of Church On the Street's outreach programs, faith based activities wherein they help many of the people that live on and around the streets of this city. The poor, sick, homeless, and addicted. Ex cons and prostititutes, their pimps and the mentally ill. Jim spent the last 6 years of his addiction here. Now he wants to help, help whoever he can, and give them what he has. He rises early, about 5, get's his things together, his clothes, his Bible and other books. He wants to be ready, to have what he needs for the 3 mile walk up Van Buren. A street that runs east and west through the Phoenix metropolitan area, until recently it has been synonymous with prostitution, now merely for decay. Jim is familiar with the route, it's people, their wants and their needs. He ran these neighborhoods with many of the people he now tries to help. And who better? He puts his Bible and other books into a well worn satchel, thumbing through them, making sure everything is here, where it needs to be. He's ready now, ready for the fight.