Homeless Elderly

by Gail Purath  

Imagine working hard all of your life but ending up with a pension so small you have to sleep on the streets and beg for food.

Such is the plight of many seniors in former-Communist Romania.

Now imagine being a single woman over 50 in Charlotte, NC and having your job eliminated with no employment prospects or financial resources.

Such was the plight of Kim Jackson.

How could these two difficult stories converge into one story of hope? To understand, you need to know more about Kim.

At age 54, Jackson is anything but old. Her ready smile, contagious laughter and youthful energy affect everyone around her. So when she found herself unemployed and heard about an opportunity to help the ministry of Elder Orphan Care in Dumbrava, Romania, she was fast to respond.

No matter that this position was totally volunteer and she’d have to raise support for her personal expenses. Her focus was on those with greater needs and on the call of the Lord.

The Dumbrava home was started by a Romanian pastor after he heard two seniors had frozen to death on the streets. Elder Orphan Care (a division of Remember the Children) was created to support the home, and Kim is now the VP of Ministry Operations.

Though the home (below) has limited indoor plumbing and heating, no cafeteria or meeting area, and no activities for the residents, it’s still better than the streets. And Jackson’s passion, energy and love for the Lord have already improved conditions.

Hurting and forgotten elderly in a small village in Romania….a passionate unemployed woman in Charlotte, NC...who would have imagined that these separate stories would merge and create such a story of hope!  

But that’s God’s “normal”!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:16-21 

To find out more about Kim's ministry see her site: Elder Orphan Care. Any gifts to Kim are tax deductible. 


  1. I admire your grit and go to get out there and make a difference. We don't travel that far but we are doing our bit here in our home town to help those who are cold and hungry. May God send His angels to surround you and minister to your needs and desires !!

  2. This warms my heart. I hurt for anyone homeless but especially the elderly, and when it is out of their control. We have so many similar stories in Zimbabwe right now and have a friend especially working with them. I pray blessings over Kim.

  3. Wow! This is an awesome example of how God can use us even when we are down.


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