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Giving Tuesday – December 3, 2019

Testimonial – A Reason to Give: “I should have been dead several times over,” a young homeless woman staying at Christian Shelter told us. “I was hooked on morphine, cocaine, acid, high all the time.  I was in a car that crashed and ended up wrapped around a tree. My life was spared by some miracle. I didn’t know why until I came to Christian Shelter. I found out in your Devotions – it was God. I never knew God loved me that much. Now I know He’s got a purpose for me, and I’m gonna do it. I never miss your Devotions, even when I have to work and don’t get back to the Shelter ‘til 7:30, I’ll go in for the last part. God’s always got something for me that I need to hear.”

GIVING TUESDAY – A One Day National Campaign with a Local Internet Platform to make it possible for those who have, to “give back” to those who are serving, those who have not, to let them know you care.

On “GIVING TUESDAY,” December 3, 2019,  you are invited to focus your year-end giving on specific nonprofit agencies (e.g., Christian Shelter) in our community that serve the hurting poor and homeless, by making a special financial gift on One Special Day, in your own home or office, on your own computer, in one “fell swoop.”

The internet platform is provided and managed expertly by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.  The name of the platform you go to is  Christian Shelter is on the list of agencies for which your gift can be designated.  A gift of $44.25 will provide a clean, safe family room with comfortable beds, a bathroom with shower, food, clothing, practical and spiritual guidance for a homeless family for one day.  For $309.75 they are able to stay in that room for a whole week, and for $1,239.00 for a month, about the time it will take Mom to find work and a permanent home. 

GOOD NEWS: We have received a “matching gift” of $1600.00.  That means the first $1600.00 donated to Christian Shelter, Inc. through the website on Giving Tuesday will be matched dollar for dollar (doubled).  Please don’t miss this opportunity.

New Directions

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

God continues to show us new things He wants to do for homeless men, women and children at Christian Shelter. As we have seen growing numbers of broken or hurting families with children coming into the Shelter, God has opened new pathways of ministry to them.

For example, a local foundation known as The Women’s Fund, working with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, is providing financial assistance for the development of a Family Respite Program. A former derelict storage area in the Shelter is now being renovated and equipped for special use as a respite room for Shelter mothers and their children to get a break from the weather after being out searching for jobs, housing and help for their families. The Respite Program will offer homeless mothers and their children a quiet, comfortable room with videos, books, Bibles, toys and games for parents and children, providing them a safe place to get in out of the weather during the daytime.

A further response to the increase in the number of children and young people in the Shelter is a plan, now well underway for a Youth Mentoring Program. The Board is currently seeking someone with educational leadership experience to develop and manage this program. The program would involve recruiting, training and directing volunteers to come along side of children and young people coming into the Shelter to give them one on one support, encouragement and guidance to help them overcome the challenges of homelessness and move forward with their lives.

“May the God of peace…equip (us) with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

2018 – Just the Facts

Total number guests housed, fed, ministered to – 1,115
Children housed (35% of total guests – 388
Homeless people turned away (no bed available) – 1,736
Total number meals served – 24,958
Total number “nights of shelter” – 17,548
Staff, full-time – 3
Staff, part-time – 9
Total volunteers – 150
Board members – 12
Devotion leaders – 28
Weekend dinner makers/servers – 35
Community service vols (kitchen, general cleaning, office) – 75

Approximate number volunteer hours put in in 2018 – 2,554
Total $ value of volunteer hours at minimum wage ($10.10/hour) – $51,590

Help Wanted

The Christian Shelter is inviting applications for the paid position of Night Staff Worker – both female and male.  We are looking for people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and are being called by Him to minister to people who are homeless, hurting and in need.  Applicants need to have a high school diploma and be active members of a local church.  Some experience in working with homeless people is desirable.   A Night Staff Worker is responsible for supervising the Shelter guests and activities from 4:45 PM to 8:00 AM the next morning.  Night Staff will have their own bed room for sleeping between the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM.  Two Night Staff workers will share this duty as a team each night.  Generally Night Staff Workers are scheduled to work one, two or three nights per week. Download an application.