The first night that our Code Purple shelters close is always sorrowful. We all realize that just because the shelter isn’t open, our problem of homelessness has not miraculously gone away. We have fought to keep our shelters staffed, to help our community members experiencing homelessness get through the cold nights of winter. Our volunteers, that have built friendships with our guests, are wondering where guests are spending their first night without a bed or maybe even a roof. I am certain that we have all felt every emotion possible this season but the greatest of these is Love. A love that overlooks the messy nature of shelter living…. a love that overlooks anger…. a love that overlooks a broken mind…. a love that overlooks the snarky comment. It’s a love that sees the scared heart of another human being experiencing some of the worst days of their lives and understands that behaviors aren’t always a true indicator of character.
Thank you to every volunteer that served alongside us to provide meals, donations, clean linens, transportation, intake, and safety overnight. We could not make this ministry work without you and the community! Each of you continues to amaze us with the support that you provide. We understand how tired each one is at the end of the season so please have a good rest and we hope to see you next winter.
We realize the great need for shelter resources. Will you think about joining us in the ministry? The more hands that we have available, the more that we can accomplish. We continue to plan and hope to gain more servants throughout the year. You can help make a difference for so many in need. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about us and what we offer each winter. We would love to meet with you and build resources in the Kingdom together!