Stanley & Liz | Permanent Camping
Liz and Stanley, two servant leaders at Veritas Community Church, have been living in a homeless camp near the Short North building. They came regularly to Veritas and formed a relationship with Emily Stiving and Amy Byler, who became their advocates.
Years ago, Liz made a tough choice. She left the comfort of her father’s house, escaping an addiction-fueling relationship, to live on the streets. Staying meant addiction. Leaving meant homelessness. Liz moved onto the streets, starting out under Mound and 270. While it was scary at first, Liz decided to call it “permanent camping.” Listen to the following audio clips to hear Liz and Stanley talk about surviving the streets, meeting each other, getting married, and coming to Veritas.
“I think of it as permanent camping…”
“Who’s that with the black eye? Oh, that’s just Liz.”
(please excuse the poor audio quality. Originally this was recorded only for note-taking)
Veritas Advocacy Model
Veritas assesses needs and finds solutions for chronic and crisis situations. The approach is holistic and relational. That’s where Amy Byler and Emily Stiving come in. They have worked tirelessly with Liz and Stanley, helping them find housing and employment. The model motivates its recipients to focus on specific tasks so they can work to improve their situation. In this time, Liz and Stanley have gone above and beyond to uphold their end. Stanley has stepped up to form a relationship with Liz’s son, Stanley and Liz reaffirmed their marriage vows, prayed for the church, worked towards employment, and even became temp janitors at Veritas.
By God’s grace, Liz has found employment and they have moved into their very own home. This is their first home together—-and the first time they’ve been housed in four years. Amy Byler and Emily Stiving are planning to have a mini Housewarming Party for them this Sunday (11/16). Please bring any items with you to church. They don’t have many (or really any) household items and furniture. Veritas would love to bless them in huge ways as a church family. Let Amy Byler (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any extra household items/furniture to drop off.
Liz and Stanley’s Advocates
If you’d like to become an advocate for the homeless at Veritas, please contact Amy Byler at email@example.com