The Rev. Robin Weinstein, of Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton, believes to truly live out the Gospel, there must be an effort to aid a person's community for the better.
WATCH: Weinstein discusses his role in Bridgeton.
So Weinstein went on a mission to Kenya, where he “didn’t see big church buildings, but I did see a church that was very much alive.” He also spent a weekend as a homeless person in Bridgeton, where he found “no place for me to law my head, no place to go to the bathroom, no place to get a drink of water.”
Weinstein wound up founding what would become the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition three years ago. The coalition later fell under the umbrella of his M25 Initiative, which developed a program to find permanent housing for the homeless. They are all volunteer organizations, primarily centered around houses of worship.
“We can do this kind of grass-roots work of being good neighbors to one another and restore hope in our community,” Weinstein said.