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.
New Freezer and Refrigerator are Operational!
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!
New Walk-in Freezer and Refrigerator
In the Summer 2022 Newsletter, we reported that our twenty year old Walk-in Refrigerator and Freezer boxes serving the Kitchen had failed. 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 floor under these units was wood and also failing, coupled to the age of the units, we knew that we had to replace the boxes with new ones on a concrete foundation.
The Perdue Family learned of our need, and gifted the Christian Shelter $115,000; two Foundation gifts and one personal gift. Because the manufacturing lead time on new boxes was determined to be nearly five months, the Christian Shelter Board of Directors decided to step out in faith and order the boxes at a cost of nearly $50,000. The total Project cost for demolition work and installation of the new larger boxes is in the neighborhood of $165,000. We are trusting the Lord to deliver the additional $50,000 to complete the work. The boxes are due to be shipped by the manufacturer on March 23rd and received in early April. Our goal is to have the new walk-in boxes fully functional by the end of April.
Update, April 17, 2023: The new refrigerator and freezer are installed and in use!
The video to the right is the segment that aired on WBOC’s “Delmarva Life” on April 17, 2023
2022 Annual Report
Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2022
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Giving Tuesday! The official date for this year’s Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2022. However, if you would like to get ahead of the crowd, we have early giving starting Monday November 21, 2022.
The Christian Shelter is once again participating in this wonderful event and we would LOVE you to consider doing a donation to the Christian Shelter using the Giving Tuesday platform.
The link to allow you to donate to the Christian Shelter is:
We are so very grateful for the support you have given to the Christian Shelter in the past and ask that you please consider helping one more time with Giving Tuesday.
God Bless you all!