There are only 17 shelter beds in all of Fremont County. Our shelter regularly has to turn people away because there's "no room at the inn."
We can help!
Many will remember the shelter that Kurt Zerby opened in the building which now houses the Boys and Girls Club. Kurt called it "Courtyard," and the ministry was able to provide shelter for several folk who otherwise would have no shelter. One of the volunteers who spent a couple of nights a week as "night supervisor" at the Courtyard shelter was our own Ron Walsh. Recently, Ron was speaking with Mary, the "night supervisor" at our local shelter at Loaves and Fishes, and she told him that they often have to turn people away because there is "no room in the inn." Ron felt called to do something, however small, to address this problem. He proposes to sleep overnight in our Parish Hall basement Sunday School area one night a week, when it gets very cold outside, with 1-4 persons who were turned away from the Shelter. Working with Mary, who screens people who stay at the shelter, Christ Church would open our doors to make "room at the inn" for a few people who otherwise would literally be out in the cold - dangerous cold. This would not be "open door to anyone who wants to come in," but rather a few people who have been identified and screened. The door to the dungeon and the door into the nave would be locked.
There are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out before we start this ministry, but I have already heard from two parishioners who would like to help. If you feel called to help with this ministry, please contact Ron or Fr. Mark.
"I was a stranger and you invited me in." -Matthew 25:35