The outreach program, which took place from July 9-14, cost about $6,000. According to The Gazette StreetReach is a collaboration between the Mitchellville-based Mount Oak Fellowship and an interchurch support group, Turn on the Light-Bowie.
Volunteers also pay a $125 registration fee, and StreetReach receives donations from local businesses and some money from the city to support their efforts.
Of the volunteers, about 30 were school-aged youths from the Mount Oak Fellowship who camped inside the church at night during the mission. Youth pastor Jonathan Brooker told the Gazette that the children living and working together was an important part of the project.
“When they get to hang out and be together [24 hours per day] it allows for a whole other sense of bonding and fellowship we wouldn’t have if we sent them all home,” Brooker said in The Gazette.