Dear Members & Friends–
Our church is taking a step of faith that we ask for your help in supporting–we’re hosting the Rotating Shelter for the whole month of November! Buoyed by our experience in the spring and feeling the clear need expressed by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, we’ve agreed to be one of the five, month-long hosts.
And not only that! We’ve also agreed to provide daytime shelter for any of the men who do not want to increase their exposure risk to Covid-19 or traverse Ann Arbor, with many of the homeless-friendly buildings closed.
So there is a lot to do, and many different ways to volunteer and support this ministry. We will also have the partnership of two other churches, supporting us in our hosting month–so you will likely run into people from Northside Association Ministries (just a few hundred yards down Broadway) and St. Mary Student Parish.
Below are the descriptions for the open volunteer spots:
- Day Shelter Host: We need two people each day to be a welcoming presence for the men who stay in our building. This would include putting out the provided meals and being visible during your shift to assist with any issues or questions. (A perfect opportunity for someone working remotely)
- Overnight Host: We are looking for one person to stay the night (required), and take the first watch from 8:30-midnight-ish. Delonis is providing a supporting staff person for the rest of the night.
- Snacks: A pre-packaged snack for each evening.
- Meals: Providing dinner (and possibly serving) a meal to the 25 men staying here.
Our team understands that in these Covid times, not all of us can support this service opportunity the same way we’ve been able to in the past. So we are also collecting funds to provide food and basic needs (socks, undershirts, and toiletries) to our guests. You can give online (select Rotating Shelter) or mail a check to church with Rotating Shelter in the memo.
We’re thankful to partner with you in this vital mission to the homeless in Washtenaw County. We ask for your prayers and tangible support in helping us fill our available volunteer spots and ask that God might use our hands and feet to show love, mercy, and grace within the walls of 1717 Broadway in November!
The Rotating Shelter Team
Deacons & Mission Action Team: Mike Waldyke, Allyson Wever, Andrew Wiersma, Bill Zinsser, Chris Adams, Eric Wright, Barb Fichtenberg, Jim Steenstra, Matt Admiraal
Rotating Shelter Coordinators: Todd Redder, Scott Stephenson, and John & Rachel Bush
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