What is Homeless Jesus?

In 2017, Community West Foundation purchased a replica of the Homeless Jesus 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.

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:

  • First Congregational UCC Church
  • Messiah Lutheran Church
  • Rocky River Presbyterian Church
  • Bethany Lutheran Church
  • Paul's Lutheran Church
  • Bay Presbyterian Church
  • Rocky River United Methodist Church
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
  • The Edna House
  • West Park United Church of Christ
  • Grace Church
  • Barnabas Episcopal Church