Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Morgan.
Hi Kevin, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Sent1One Ministries started because I worked at a shelter in Kansas City from 2014 to 2021. In January of last year, two homeless men that I knew well and that I took care of froze to death on the streets.
This broke my heart because I tried my best to help every homeless man I encountered. God knows we can’t save everybody but it is very easy to get attached to these men when you have compassion, especially if you knew you did all you could in the best way possible.
I have learned that because of certain cognition issues may have involved alcoholism, mental health, as well as polysubstance abuse, and a series of traumatic or life-changing events. Based on my experience, 75% of homeless men do not like to follow rules or regulations in a homeless shelter. They would rather be on the streets because they feel like there is no hope. For the most part, they’re grown, and as men, some may have a pride issue and they do not want to follow rules.
The reason why I am where I am today is that I wanted to make a change in my community by meeting broken men and women where they are (no respect for the person, meaning whether it’s drugs, mental or health issues, does not matter). I want to meet people just the way they are.
I help people that are homeless or people fresh out of prison. In fact, I recently accepted a man into my program because the parole board told him after 30 something years of incarceration, if he can’t find someone to house him, they would put a tracking device on his leg for the rest of his life and put him on the streets.
Then, he came across Sent1One Ministries (a transitional living community development program).
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been easy by far. For instance, I accepted a man off the streets and he stayed in a transitional house for two months and he said: “I would rather go back to the streets because that’s all I know”.
Just recently, I found a man in a house overdosed, these are what I call struggles along the way because the struggle is real.
One of many rewarding things I do with the men is community meetings, we come together and talk about issues in the house and personal things and this allows each individual to open up and make any changes for the good.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
What sets me apart from other shelters and transitional homes is the fact that I meet people where they are. My primary goal is to address the social needs in the community.
My mission is based on enhancing the lives of the homeless and incarcerated men and women that are recovering addicts as well as persons with cognition issues. This is what I specialize in. I am a Christian-based social enterprise and in every aspect, the word of God is freely integrated.
I am a Christian Rapper also my stage name is Sent1One I do prison ministry mostly meaning I go inside of prisons and encourage men and women to do the right thing I am known for having a heart for the broken people that are left with little to no hope.
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What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
What I have learned along the way is to help people identify triggers and early warning signs of relapse. The most important thing I teach an individual is to forgive and learn from your mistakes, we have all made mistakes including myself and those who read this but the question is how do we learn from them.
Unfortunately, because of underlying conditions, it can be very challenging to reconnect individuals back into society but God has given me the task and with the Lord and my community backing me I believe in every person that is a part of Sent1One Ministries.
I am helping men get connected with jobs that pay prevailing wages as well as providing life skill educational courses which allows them to reconnect with family and society in a positive way.
The most profound thing I learned is homeless is not a particular district it’s nationwide and if we the community start by helping one person at a time we will see a change there is no way we have tents in or city with pregnant women, young kids even men that are struggling right here in Kansas City.
I am willing but one man can’t do this alone, for the incarcerated we all have someone that has been struggling in a correctional facility what can we do to help those in need. Some folks say they brought this on themselves but what I say is we all deserve another chance.
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