“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 Monitoring 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.
Christian Shelter is in the process of interviewing and screening candidates for the new position of Executive Director. The Executive Director’s mature Christian faith and management/leadership experience will equip him/her to build, coordinate and manage the new things that God is raising up for His people in need at His Shelter.
“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.”
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
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.
Thank you for your interest in the mission and ministry of the Christian Shelter. The Lord has blessed, preserved and protected the Christian Shelter for these past thirty-eight (38) years and our hearts are filled with gratitude to God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Christian Shelter is to share Christ with a hurting and broken community of homeless families, men, women and children. We share the Hope of Christ while providing nutritious food, safe & clean shelter, healthy beds, showers, linen, clothing, counsel, and support. Of these the love of Jesus Christ is the most needed and only long-term solution to the many and varied challenges and problems that our homeless guests bring to the Christian Shelter.
The need for homeless emergency shelter is great and if you have the training, experience, talents and calling to this ministry we would welcome you to apply for the new position of Executive Director at the Christian Shelter. We would welcome your expression of interest and also please review the Position Description.
Note: you can download a copy of these instructions for your reference.
Please complete the Job Application and include the following attachments:
- A resume
- A letter of recommendation from your Pastor, and
- A brief statement of
- “Why you are qualified for this position”,
- “Why are you applying for this position”, and
- “Why is this position at the Christian Shelter “right” for you”
Please provide the completed Job Application and attachments to:
Christian Shelter – Executive Director
1147 S. Salisbury Blvd. Ste. 8
Salisbury, MD 21801-6865
Thank you for your care and interest in the mission and ministry of the Christian Shelter.
The Board of Directors – Christian Shelter