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Operation Care International
Operation Care International is a homeless and impoverished ministry providing personal items, blue jeans, winter gear, bottled water and bibles in the streets of Dallas. Susie Jennings is the Founder and President of the mission. It all started with her mission to give blankets to the homeless under a bridge in 1993.
Susie, how does your organization give back to donors and sponsors?
- We thank them with personal phone calls
- We give them a photo album, which includes them serving at our event
- We send a video and report of the event
- We send testimonial videos
- We put their names in event programs
- We make them honorary chairs
- We take them to lunch
- We send cards on holidays and birthdays
- We visit them
- We ask them to be part of the program
Susie, what simple thing can a person do to create a feeling of community?
- Bring personal care products in your car
- Buy some gift cards from fast food restaurants and keep them handy
- Have a directory of places where the homeless can go in your area
- Connect the homeless to community services, which can help them
Susie, what does Operation Care International do?
Our signature event happens on the 3rd Saturday of December when we hold a birthday party for Jesus honoring our homeless and impoverished children and families in Dallas, Texas.
The heart of the ministry is sharing the love of God to the people.
On the day of the event we provide our trademark activity of foot washing; emulating the character of Christ and also:
- Evangelism and prayer
- Socks and shoes
- Medical, dental and vision services
- Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Clothing, coats, sleeping bags, blankets
- Hot meals
- Haircuts and makeovers
- Praise and worship teams/Entertainers
- Free phone calls
- Homeless service providers (lawyers, jobs, housing for kids)
- Back packs
Susie Jennings is the author of 31 Days of Mountaintop Miracles. She began Operation Care while also being a full time RN. Her story is amazing. Truly a life of miracles. Contact Operation Care at 972-681-3567 or info@OpCare.org