A recent spot on WMDT highlighted how the Christian Shelter is filling the needs of its guests.
Delmarva Printing and Design
Over these past 40 years, there have been individuals whose hearts have been touched to help the Christian Shelter. In this issue of our bimonthly newsletter, we would like to give a Shout Out to Darrell Ferrin and the staff of Delmarva Printing and Design.
For many years, this organization has given guidance and support for the many
printing needs of our organization.
Thank You Darrell and Delmarva Printing and Design for partnering with the
Uniforms bring staff to the same platform, instilling a feeling of equality amongst those wearing the uniform. Uniforms also give the staff person a sense of mutual growth, which will allow them to care for their fellow colleagues and guests with pride. Uniforms are very important, and foster traits which are very necessary for a person as an individual and an organization as a whole to thrive and prosper.
One of our goals at the Christian Shelter is to become a 5-Star shelter starting with our staff. Special Thanks to the Amerigroup that sponsored our staff uniforms and Xpressive Threads for assisting us with our logo on our uniforms. This is certainly the Spirt of Excellence.
We have also instituted an ID policy and have issued IDs to all staff members as a security measure. All staff are required to wear their uniforms and ID when working.
Eight months has flown by since I took the position as Executive Director here at the Christian Shelter. More than anything I have been amazed by the generosity of our community to support the important work that is happening at the shelter.
The Christian Shelter is currently experiencing the impact of the Covid-19 virus that has become a global pandemic. Keeping our staff and guests safe from this virus is one of our top priorities. In an effort, to ensure everyone’s safety, the Christian Shelter is currently in a “stay -in- place mode”. We will not be receiving any new guests until June 5th. We are currently organizing a plan of action before we start receiving new guests. This plan will include having a team of volunteer nurses come in twice per week or as needed to address, assist and train staff on any medical needs our guests may have. This team of nurses will be headed up by Latoya Maddox, RN and Chantel McNealy, RN, both from Salisbury. They will be completing an assessment on each of our new guests and are currently exploring the possibility of Covid-19 testing for the entire shelter.
Currently, there are NO coronavirus cases at the Christian Shelter. The Lord has richly blessed the Shelter to allow all of us to be healthy, as we are following the Executive Order established by the Governor of Maryland and the strict guidelines of the CDC. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has impacted the Shelter in so many ways. The need for safe shelter is great, and we haven’t deviated from our mission and vision.
The work of raising funds to support the Shelter is a difficult task. The Christian Shelter receives no funding from government assistance programs. Most of our funding is through private contributions, churches, local businessmen, foundations, grants and special events. The Covid-19 crisis has been a very trying time for all of us. Over the past eight weeks, we have experienced an all-time low financial dilemma as our giving has dramatically decreased. We are calling on our community friends and potential donors to assist us in overcoming our financial challenges during this crisis. Would you consider giving a monetary donation of any kind? Your contribution will be an expression of gratitude so that others may come to the Christian Shelter, receive assistance to find gainful employment, make goals for the future, and begin saving to find a new place to call home.
Click the “Donate!” link in the header if you’d like to make an online donation.
Three years ago the Shelter was approached by Shawn Harrison, owner of Real HVAC Services. Shawn said that it was on his heart to “give back” to the community and the Christian Shelter came to his mind. He called us and we met to discuss what his intentions were.
Shawn said that he felt led to provide the annual maintenance required by our twelve (12) HVAC Systems for free. This meant that twice a year (spring and fall) he would send two technicians to the Shelter and they would do maintenance checks on all 12 HVAC systems, making sure that they were working properly, make any required adjustments, replace filters, grease fittings, etc. All minor material expenses would also be free.
THANK YOU Real HVAC Services and Shawn Harrison for partnering with the Christian Shelter.
Footnote: For many years T.E. Smith & Son, owned by Mr. David Smith performed a similar service for the Christian Shelter. Thank you David, for your faithful service over all those years of taking care of our HVAC systems.