WINTER NIGHTS SHELTER RECAP
WINTER NIGHTS SHELTER 2019 RECAP
February 11 – February 25
For the last two weeks, our Parish Hall has been home for eight Winter Nights Shelter families, including 18 children. The week was filled with cold weather, rain and many special moments. We welcomed a new baby (born in the hospital!) during the shelter stay. Rand Mahoney brought the SRV Fire Communications truck by for the kids and adults to explore. We had Valentine’s crafts, highly competitive games of Uno and even a spontaneous round of the Hokey Pokey when gathered for the dinner blessing. One of our guests got a job at a Safeway store in the area and with the support of Winter Nights hopes to move his family to permanent housing soon. We also had the opportunity to support a new Winter Nights program. The Parking Lot Program hosted by a church in Pittsburgh provides a safe place for homeless to sleep in their cars at night. Each evening, we packaged up the leftovers from dinner and sent it on to the people staying in the Parking Lot Program. There are too many people to name and thank! Members of St. Timothy’s and Beth Chaim came together to prepare meals, donate supplies, spend the night, help with the children…the list goes on. There were almost 600 volunteer opportunities for St. Timothy’s and Beth Chaim parishioners. You donated almost 1000 volunteer hours and provided a welcoming home for our Shelter guests. Liz, Jake and Ryan Ball said it best….being in the Parish Hall and helping with the children “felt like family”. What a wonderful expression of God’s love. Thank you, St. Timothy’s!
Contact: Joann Oliver, email@example.com.