January 14, 2011

temporary shelter I - conviction turned reality

When the city's decision about the winter shelter location was delayed, I made mention of my disappointment on Twitter and Facebook. For many of us, this wasn't just an societal concern. The faces of friends, members of our faith communities, came to mind when this issue arose.

A few thoughtful folks sparked a conversation online in response to my post. They were making a good point, "Why are you pointing your finger at the city? What's the church's duty here?"

A humbling, idealistic response. But this makes it nonetheless an appropriate question. To my surprise, several folks began to honestly ask this of themselves; discussing it, doing research, seeking wise counsel, talking to the homeless on Sundays at Ladle Fellowship and other places and praying.

A couple weeks ago, the elders at First Presbyterian approved the opening of a temporary winter shelter for a limited number of those we have built relationships with through Ladle over time. Last night, the last applications were received. Tomorrow night, we open the shelter for the next six weeks.

We still have volunteer positions that we'd like to fill. It would ensure that some of us get a little more sleep over the next few weeks than we anticipate right now. If you and/or your faith community would like to volunteer, click here and sign up. Of course, you can always contact me with any questions as well.

There's been several people that have put a lot of time and thought into this. Their efforts have been way above and beyond their normal duties. I'm very pleased and honored to be a part of this project and partnered with these people. I'll be committing several of my posts to this experience over the next few weeks. I hope you will join us here to discuss and in serving our friends if you are able.

Posted via email from jason evans

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