The Foundation’s goal is to reduce poverty and homelessness by motivating, supporting, and guiding adult homeless students as they successfully earn degrees, certifications, and vocational skills that will empower them to obtain better earning power, full-time employment, and stable housing.
The Jean Kim Foundation aims to create better outcomes for currently homeless individuals through educational success.
An excerpt from Reverend Doctor Jean Kim’s, the founder of this organization’s, blog:
In all of my professional life of serving poor and homeless people, I have carried this belief: “Had they acquired college education and job skills, they wouldn’t have to depend on welfare and food stamps.” We are living in a day and age that will not allow us to survive if we don’t get an education.
As my 80th birthday approached, my son and daughter-in-law wanted to celebrate it in a special way. I had the idea to ask friends and relatives to not give me any birthday gifts, but to instead make contributions toward education funds for
the homeless. 200 gracious friends and relatives came to celebrate the event and gave generous contributions which gave birth to the Jean Kim Foundation for the Homeless Education, a 501 C (3) tax exempt, non-profit organization.
Ever since that time, I encourage and urge my homeless friends to pursue and enhance their education. I acquired a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from St. Louis University in 1977 at the age of 42. I took core Masters level courses
at Fuller Seminary in the 1980s for my ordination at 52 years of age. I went to San Francisco Theological Seminary and got my Doctor of Ministry degree in 2006 at the age of 71. I poured out all my experience in serving the poor and homeless in
the U.S. in my 300 page dissertation which became the basis of my five books. I got a wonderfully thorough education and it is my turn to provide educational opportunities for my dear homeless friends.
In addition to these stories I have had several visions of God’s calling. In 1988 I was serving in campus ministry at the University of Washington and working with homeless and mentally ill people in downtown Seattle. On Easter night, exactly
one year after my ordination, I had a dream in which I was standing inside the front door of a small one-room church. From the midst of an enormous fire, God commanded me to “plant a cross” where I was standing, and he said “it will grow
through the roof.” One day after having that dream, I was admitted to Stevens Hospital with a high blood pressure and chest pain. From my hospital bed I asked God what exactly his message to plant to a cross meant. While I was in a dozing state, the whole room turned snow white and the meaning of the dream came clear to me: I must develop a ministry for homeless women. I surrendered to God by responding, “Yes, yes, I will do it.” “Planting the cross” meant not the dead wooden cross but planting the living cross that represents all who Jesus is; his absolute love, care, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, emptying, sharing, and hope for the most poor, homeless, and excluded ones. So my mission is planting the cross in the
souls of my homeless friends and supporters as well. Thanks be to God!
Please visit her page at www.jeankimhome.com