Community West Foundation purchased the Homeless Jesus replica sculpture as a visual representation of the Gospel passage in Matthew 25:40 – “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”.
Created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, it depicts Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench, shrouded in a blanket with wounds on the feet. This symbolic work of art is one of a series of inspiring sculptures crafted by Schmalz.
Homeless Jesus reflects the core principle of the work and mission at Community West Foundation to care for the least of our brothers and sisters in need. It gives authenticity to our mission and we want to share this gift with the entire community. The relevance of Homeless Jesus reminds us to show love, care and compassion to our less fortunate neighbors.
In October 2020, the sculpture gained international headlines
when someone called police out of concern for the image at its location in Bay Village’s St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
This very powerful image of homelessness has traveled our community since October of 2018 giving inspiration to congregations and the public at many churches and one recovery home including:
• Bay Presbyterian Church
• Bethany Lutheran Church
• Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
• First Congregational UCC Church
• Grace Church
• Messiah Lutheran Church
• Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
• Rocky River Presbyterian Church
• Rocky River United Methodist Church
• St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
• St. Paul's Lutheran Church
• The Edna House
• West Park United Church of Christ