In May of 2023, the Christian Shelter entered into an agreement with Draper Media/WBOC to help increase exposure to the community through digital marketing and a social media campaign. The goal is to connect with new followers and prospective donors and volunteers using Facebook (Christian Shelter, Inc.) and Instagram (@christianshelter_salisbury) accounts as well as their website www.christianshelter.org.
Communications from the Christian Shelter have traditionally been through quarterly newsletters that are mailed via the US postal service to donors and interested parties with whom the Shelter has a relationship and a current mailing address. We have been striving to create an electronic database by requesting email addresses of our current and future donor base so that newsletters and other forms of communication could be sent electronically. This will save the Christian Shelter considerable expense and time. Currently, approximately 12% of contacts have been entered into the electronic database. The goal is to complete 50% by the end of 2023. With Draper Media’s help, we are driving more traffic to the Shelter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts as well the website. We are also using a targeted video ad format to help get our message out to the community. The first 30 second video was posted in June 2023 and can be viewed on the website or via a link on the Shelter’s Facebook page. Our hope is to tap into Draper Media’s vast network and social media contacts to raise awareness about the Christian Shelter, their mission and needs to help build a better more diverse donor base.
Please take the time to like us on Facebook and Instagram, as well as visiting the website to learn more about the Christian Shelter and how you can become a supporter and follower of the shelter. God Bless!
Click the image to the right to see the first Draper Media Spot
In the Summer 2022 Newsletter we reported that our twenty-three (23) year old Walk-in Refrigerator and Freezer boxes serving the Kitchen had failed. Mr. Rickie Tapman, owner of Tapman’s Refrigeration, with the help of Mr. Tony Gilkerson, installed temporary “loaner” condensing units on the roof to get the boxes operational again. But because the wooden floor under the walk-in units was failing, coupled with the age of the units, we knew that we had to replace the boxes with new ones on a new reinforced concrete foundation (not wood). The entire project was expensive, and the Christian Shelter did not have sufficient funds to undertake this project.
Fortunately, the Perdue Family learned of our need and gave the Shelter three significant gifts – two from Foundations and one personal. We are so very grateful to the entire Perdue Family for their response to our need. The Perdue gift was a major portion of the cost of the project, and it allowed the project to commence even though we did not have the entire amount needed to complete the walk-in box replacement project. Since the manufacturing lead time for new boxes was determined to be nearly five months (30 weeks) the Shelter’s Board of Directors decided to step out in faith and order the new boxes. This allowed us to get a Spring 2023 delivery date scheduled. Since that step of faith, the Lord has provided the remainder of the money necessary to complete this project. We are so very thankful for the funding and thankful that so many have responded to the needs of the poor, homeless and hurting that the Christian Shelter serves every day.
Harper & Sons was hired as the General Contractor for the project, which involved no less than five (5) subcontractors. Once demolition began and the old wooden floor was removed, multiple trades were involved to relocate utilities that were in the way of the new footer and foundation for the concrete slab which would support the new walk-ins. Bayside Fire Protection Co. rerouted a 4” sprinkler main, Triple J Electric rerouted an electrical conduit serving a 200-amp electrical panel and Real HVAC Services rerouted a 2” natural gas line.
The manufacturer shipped the new walk-in boxes to Tapman’s Refrigeration on March 23rd and they were installed by Tapman’s in the Christian Shelter’s kitchen on Thursday, March 30th. Wall modifications and new bulkhead and drywall work was completed as well as the necessary electrical work. During the week of April 3rd, Harper & Sons got the new flooring around the walk-in boxes ready for R & R Coatings to apply new epoxy floor coatings to the affected floor areas. Ceiling tiles, air devices and light fixtures were reinstalled. We achieved our goal to have the new walk-in boxes fully functional by April 10, 2023.
A special thanks to Harper & Sons acting as the General Contractor for this Project, to the Perdue Family, and also to Perdue, Inc. for loaning us an outside “freezer” truck for the duration of the Project which allows us to keep our frozen foods safely stored. If you would like to see the new walk-in boxes, please call the Shelter (410-749-5673) and request a tour. We would love to show you this new addition! We are blessed!
The video to the right is the segment that aired on WBOC’s “Delmarva Life” on April 17, 2023
Many people don’t realize that the Christian Shelter was established 40 years ago. Now the shelter’s four-decade history is presented in a new book named, “Christian Shelter: Serving People in Crisis for 40 Years.” This colorful history book highlights the shelter’s founders, renovation projects, donors, challenges, and the triumphs rooted in God’s generosity. Order your copy of this fundraiser book by clicking Christian Shelter 40th Anniversary Book Order Form.
Charitable Giving Made Simple. Leave a Legacy.
We want our donor community to be aware of their options when making contributions to the Christian Shelter through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES). Consider your many choices:
- Donate by cash, check or credit card at cfes.org/Christian Shelter Endowment Fund
- Appreciated stock, bonds or real estate can be transferred to cfes.org. Designate the transfer to benefit the “Christian Shelter Endowment Fund”
- Direct all or some of your Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s) from Traditional IRA or 401(k) accounts to cfes.org/Christian Shelter Endowment Fund. This option allows the donor to avoid paying state and federal taxes on their RMD’s
- Have you considered including the Christian Shelter in your estate planning? In addition to supporting a worthwhile cause, there could also be tax advantages for your estate. Simply designate the Christian Shelter as your beneficiary or remainder beneficiary in your Will, trust or life insurance policy. You can specify either a dollar amount or a percentage. Check with your attorney for instructions regarding proper wording in your Will.