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The Beacon Monday, January 25, 2010

Live, love, burritos for homeless By Anna Zetterberg Assistant Managing Editor

The power of partnerships and community: These are the building blocks of a new community called the Coral House. As their Web site poignantly says, “We believe that we can accomplish together what none of us could do alone.” They are a Christian group, started just two years ago, which lives together (they own two houses and an apartment) and serves together by caring for the homeless of Palm Beach County, providing food, shelter, clothing and advocacy. There are seven to ten people living in the community setting, making up the core of the community and spending time together in prayer and fellowship. There are also about 20 others who come to their church services or help out with the Burrito Project on Saturdays. The community is not affiliated with a particular denomination, though many of the people involved attend Boynton Beach Community Church. Instead of a traditional pastor leading the group, all of the members participate in the ministry and take leadership in some way. “For our ‘church’ nights, we have no ‘earthly’ leader,” said Karli Von Herbulis, an active member of Coral House. “We pray that the Holy Spirit would come and lead His people, and He always does. It is amazing how He can speak to all of us and weave themes of His love and mercy

Volunteers of the burrito project work in an assembly line to put together food for the homeless in Lake Worth’s Bryant Park. casey elia / contributing photographer

through His people, teaching us all similar things at the same time.” It is quite a diverse community, including singles, families and married couples. There are usually three to six Palm Beach Atlantic University students involved and “each one is significant,” said active member 24year-old Derek Simke. “Everybody is pretty much equal. Everybody gets to

Derek Simke, 24, leads the community in a song of worship before they deliver burritos to Bryant Park. casey elia/ contributing photographer

help out as far as doing everything — prep, going out to the park, learning people’s names, their stories, being able to give them something to eat and doing the things the Bible plainly and simply states we should do.” Though PBA students can make a difference by serving their local community, Simke said, “The difference is God.” The Coral House helps the homeless of Palm Beach County survive, thrive and improve their quality of life. In the cold weather, the community donates jackets and blankets and assists in transporting the homeless to cold weather shelters. Food donations are also a routine part of the ministry. Coral House members enjoy cooking burritos for the homeless at Bryant Park in Lake Worth every Saturday, and giving out donations from local businesses. Not only does this outreach community provide the bare essentials, but its members go above and beyond the call of duty in hopes that their new found friends can get off the streets for good and into houses and jobs. They assist in finding affordable

housing and on a case-by-case basis even provide subsidized down payment services and emergency utility bill payment services. So why would a community of people dedicate so much time and energy into service? The answer is their theme verse, John 12:24-25. “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” PBA students who want to get involved with this ministry are welcome to call (561) 307-0332, or they can attend a service at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lake Worth at 8 a.m. any Saturday. If you’re interested in learning more about The Coral House, and to view Casey Elia’s photo essay of the community, visit the multimedia link at

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