There continues to be large numbers of homeless individuals in the community who will need shelter this winter. A number of congregations have made a commitment to either offer their building to provide overflow sheltering for the homeless or to partner with a host site. There are a number of ways you can be involved with the Winter Sheltering in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
1) DONTATE: Giving is critical this year. It costs $9.63 per night to offer this shelter. Financial donations for the Church Winter Sheltering can be sent to Stan Franek of Central Cities Ministries—PO Box 1912 Fargo, ND 58107. Please note “Sheltering Church Project” on the memo line. The local shelters always appreciate support and many list their most immediate needs on their websites.
Other needed donation items include:
· Personal hygiene kits (body wash, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and deodorant, etc.)
· Gently used warm winter clothing-especially coats, boots, hats and mittens.
(Items can be dropped off at Churches United for the Homeless)
2) VOLUNTEER: The effort took 8,715 volunteer hours last year from across the community. The two-hour training sessions will be offered once a month from November—April. Volunteers will help with different shifts at participating sheltering locations and help with checking guests in, building oversight, and assisting guests throughout their stay. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
3) PRAY: Last but most important. Prayer is one of the most important ways you can help the homeless. Because of the harshness of their lives, many homeless people are crushed in spirit. Pray that God will bring healing to broken lives and strength to all who are working to assist them.
Sheltering Churches Project Volunteer Training
Area churches and emergency shelters are collaborating again to provide overflow sheltering for people who are homeless. Training is required for anyone who plans to volunteer at a temporary sheltering church site. Please attend one of the training sessions to make this an effective sheltering project. Refer to the list below to find a training date that fits your schedule.
Training Schedule for the 2016-2017 Season
Saturday, March 18 10am-12pm
3745 Sheyenne St.
· Establishing relationships and communicating effectively with guests
· How volunteers run a host site at the church
· Distribution of a Volunteer Training Manual for reference
The Triumph Deacons encourage you to be involved with this Winter Sheltering Project.
This community effort is coordinated by Central Cities Ministries
and partners of the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons.