A police officer troubles a homeless mas outside the “Church on the Street,” a non-profit church for the homeless located on Holly street in Bellingham, Wa. Pastor Chuck and Cari Sargent created this unique church in October 2003. The couple decided to create the church after a family trip to the Church on the Street in Atlanta, Ga. “God spoke to each of us about starting a Church on the Street in Bellingham, ” Chuck says.
In October of 2003 Chuck was ordained to ministry and began his services one month later. Money was tight in the beginning and finding a place to do his service was tough. His service began in forests and streets around Bellingham. In 2006 Chuck leased a large space on Cornwall Avenue and his church quickly grew in popularity. Hundreds of homeless people from around the city would utilize his services and pay dues to the Lord. Now Chuck does his service on 901 west Holly Street.
Chuck collects donations from all around town, which are handed out at the beginning of Wednesday and Friday services. Products include shampoo, clothing, and food for pets. “ We can help them, to help themselves,” Chuck says.
Agnes Koll and Michael Sharp perform Christian rock before Sunday service at the Church on the Street. Agnes and Michael have been coming to the service for several years and enjoy the open and caring atmosphere. “Our vision is to reach the homeless for Christ and to integrate them back into society,” Chuck says.