November 10th, 2009 by Rainey

So we are beginning a new endeavor in our community called WATTS-Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter.  It is a way for us to offer housing on the coldest nights of the year to those who are not eligible or who cannot get into the other shelters in town.  Most of the time people are turned down from those because they have addiction problems.  Or because they have been arrested on child molestation charges.  Or other reasons that we don’t need to enumerate.

Basing our new work on the work done in Richmond by Caritas and in Harrisonburg by HARTS and other groups, we will have local churches host the homeless for one week, Monday through Monday from 7 pm to 7 am.  We will provide dinner and breakfast and cots.  Westminster-Canterbury will be providing laundry service.  And we will have volunteers that stay overnight each night.

Increasingly, during these “tough economic times,” we have been meeting people who are homeless who need assistance.  There are literally tent cities of homeless at the edges of town.  There are people who are sleeping in tents and in cars every night.

This is one thing we can do to help.

I am so thankful for this opportunity.  For the planning committee who has been working on this for over two years now to get it off the ground.  I am proud of the people of our church who are ready and willing to practice this type of hospitality.

I hope it is the beginning of some new things.

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