John Tumino

5
Aug

IMFK Doing Whatever It Takes To get Our Friends Indoors

In this Video JD IMFK Care Manager is loving on one of our friends who is waiting to be matched with a housing provider! 

Love never fails and we will always keep coming toward our friends who are experiencing trauma and homelessness.  Check out the video and thank you for your support! Together we are Building Hope and Changing Lives 

John and Leigh Ann 

29
Jul

Jimmer Receiving The Homeless Hero Award

What is the Homeless Hero Award?

This award is presented to individuals or companies that go above and beyond the call of duty in extending a hand into our community. Who is our community, all those who feel Invisible on the streets of Central New York, those who are experiencing homelessness! Jimmer Owner of two local Chick-Fil-A in Syracuse is just that Hero. Check out the video to hear who Jimmer is.

Thank you so much Jimmer, together we are building hope and changing lives

John and Leigh Ann 

22
Jul

Cycle Of Health Airing On PBS

7/21/22 Airing of Cycle Of  Health

In this episode of Cycle of Health, HouseCalls for the Homeless. Access to healthcare is a major problem in Syracuse with over 30% of residents living in poverty. Street medicine initiatives, like Syracuse’s House Calls for the Homeless, are popping up across the country. Join us as we talk with five community members whose mission is to provide care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

15
Jul

Encouraging The Class Of Leadership Greater Syracuse

What a great Morning encouraging the class in being engaged with your community through service. Showing how Relationship Building Minimizes Risk with the population you are trying to serve!
Thank you John Tumino of In My Father’s Kitchen for fanning the flames within the LGS Class of 2022 so that they can get the fire roaring. Thank you for sharing the story behind the cardboard sign and the coalition in Syracuse working tirelessly to help the people in our community.

6
Jul

Lost Of Our 55th Friend Gino Sharing About Tim

We received the news from the streets that Tim passed away in the early morning hours of July 2nd, 2022. We met Tim in July of 2016 when he was living outdoors. Over the last 6 years, we saw Tim go in and out of homelessness and one of the main reasons was his addiction. As you heard us say before that 95% of our friends who are chronically homeless suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. Just last June 2022 Tim was admitted into Upstate Hospital with cocaine-induced cardiac arrest (heart attack). Tim coded and had to be shocked back to life, he regained consciousness and left the hospital against medical advice. We saw Tim back out on the corner panhandling were the IMFK team as well as Dr. Lehmann from (House Calls for the Homeless).was able to love on and encourage him. Doc shared with him the medical consequences of the continued use of crack cocaine on his heart. The IMFK team encouraged him that we would be there for him if he chose to go to rehab and that we would be there through the whole process. Tim was obviously shaken by the health event that he went through but also shared with us the mental struggles of turning away from the drugs. Tim shared with us the emotional trauma that he has been through since childhood and the drug use is a means of escape from the noise in his head. We were able to assist Tim months ago in navigating himself into housing but the continued drug use kept him going back out to the corner to panhandle. Tim was a participant in the Hire Ground Day Labor program and while working he showed a great work ethic. Over the last month, a lot of effort went into encouraging Tim away from drugs and to think about a different way of living. Unfortunately, one thing that we have learned at IMFK is that we can not supersede someone’s will to make a change. We can’t want it more than our friends, they must want to leave the drugs behind. Sadly Tim has now become 1 of 55 friends that we have lost to the streets of CNY. The one thing that we can say with confidence is that we gave and showed TIM love beyond measure. Tim knew that He was NOT Invisible! This was a hard loss for our Team, please keep us in your prayers as we continue to fight for our friends outdoors. Please pray that our friends will take the hand that is being extended to them. Pray that they take the opportunity to leave behind drugs and alcohol and that they will truly realize that we will be with them through their transformational journey. Thank you Sous Chefs for your support

IMFK Team