Today I received the following e-mail from a follower of Jesus with a deep social conscience, Christian Harvey.
Being involved on a daily basis with the homeless and marginalized
segment of our population, I'm encouraged when I see young men
like Christian Harvey taking these lifechanging initiatives.
prayerfully consider how you might get involved. THANK YOU! - David
Dear Church Leaders:
Winter is coming!! Not right away, but it will hit us before we know
it. For some in our city this causes a life threatening problem, they
have nowhere to sleep. Our 1 men’s shelter, 2 women’s shelter and 1
youth shelter understandably cannot meet all the many and complicated
needs that arise. Each year people have fallen through the gaps and a
rushed, piecemeal effort is thrown together, often well after winter is
started to try and keep people safe and warm.
I have been
working in conjunction with the City, Health Unit, Canadian Mental
Health and other community advocates, and this year we are trying to do
better. We are hoping to have a warming room open every night from
In order for this to happen we need
many volunteers. Our goal is to have 8 volunteers every night: four
would be on for a shift from 5pm-12am and four from 12am-8am. Ideally,
if someone were to volunteer they would take one shift every 2 weeks.
This means they would be committing to 11 shifts over the roughly 22
weeks we would be open. In order for this to become a reality we will
need roughly 110 volunteers. This is where you, our church leaders,
come in. Our churches are full of potential volunteers. People who
long to make a difference but don’t know where to start. This is that
Please help us make this happen by doing one or all of the following:
• Volunteer yourself. Having our faith leaders present would be hugely influential.
• Advertise in your church. Actively seek out those in your congregation who may be open to such an adventure.
• As a church sponsor one night every two weeks. How does this work?
You are saying, for example, that every other Tuesday night is your
night. You are committing that you will be responsible for finding the
volunteers to run that night.
We are hoping to have volunteer
training sessions happening in the month of October so that volunteers
will feel equipped to deal with issues that may arise as a result of
mental health or addiction.
If you are interested in
volunteering or have any questions about this program please call me at
705-768-6050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lets see if this
year we can make sure no one is left in the cold.
Outreach Worker, St. John's Anglican Church