So many people in our society are overlooked, under served and in need of a helping hand, especially during the harsh winter months. Many right here in our own community do not have a warm place to sleep at night, are their lives are endangered by the cold and snow. As a community of faith, we have seen this need and feel called to respond by literally opening our doors and offering a warm welcome to all those in need. We believe that this kind of loving care is at the center of our call to discipleship, and that anything that we do for the least of these, we do for Christ.
In response, we will begin to open our doors on the harshest of nights from 7pm to 7am in order to provide a warm place to sleep for men, women and children. The decision of whether to open the shelter on any given night will be made by our Shelter Coordinators 24 hours in advance. Volunteers will then be contacted and the shelter will be publicized on our church answering machine and through the local police and fire departments.
How You Can Help
Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter in four hour shifts throughout the night. Fill out the Volunteer Application to apply, and signup for one of our training sessions. Volunteers need to be 18+ to apply and both men and women are needed! Return completed applications to the church office firstname.lastname@example.org
- To take the Online Volunteer Training, contact the shelter volunteers at the contact info below to receive the password and then visit www.whitinpres.org/training. The training and application process will take approximately an hour and a half.
Help provide a warm place for somebody to sleep by donating towards the startup costs of this ministry. Just $25 provides a comfortable mat for our guests to use.Giving is easy. Simply enter the amount that you want to give below, and click “donate.” Paypal will do the rest!
Note: During the checkout process, you may be asked for your “shipping address.” This is where we will send acknowledgement of your gift. Your donation has been received, and a receipt for your gift has been emailed to you. You may also login to your PayPal account to print a donation summary for tax purposes. Questions about online giving? Visit our Giving FAQ’s to learn more.
- Become a Host Congregation
Our dream is that we will have three other churches willing to open their doors for one week a month, allowing this shelter to run continuously throughout the winter. Start talking to your church leadership about the possibility now, and contact our Shelter Coordinators if you would like more information on what would be required of you and your church in order to partner with us in this ministry.
View the tentative Shelter Schedule online to see when we anticipate being open in the coming weeks. All dates subject to change. Call 508-266-5122 and listen to recorded message to verify if the shelter will be open on any given night.
View calendar by clicking here.
Emergency Shelter Documents
Program Description (updated 1/16/17)
Volunteer Application (updated 1/16/17)
Program Manual (updated 2/3/17)
Volunteer Responsibilities (updated 2/3/17)
Incident Report Form (updated 1/16/17)
Safety and Egress Plan (updated 1/16/17)
Questions? Call us at 508-266-5122 or email email@example.com to learn how to get involved.
Wondering if we are open? Call us at 508-266-5122 to listen to a pre-recorded message letting you know if we will be opening the following night. You can also look at our online calendar to see our tentative schedule for the next few weeks.
Need somewhere to stay? Contact the Police or Fire Departments or Catholic Charities and they will get in touch with us!