April 20, 2014
Preparing for the Cold
"We do not serve the weak or the broken. What we serve is the wholeness in each other and the wholeness in life…"
Come in from the cold . . .
can you imagine spending a New Hampshire winter in a tent?
Every night from mid-December through March, once the year-round Concord shelters are full, South Church and First Church open their doors to provide shelter in our classrooms during the coldest months of the year. Men and women will find a warm, safe and respectful place to sleep. They will also encounter the generous spirit of the volunteers who provide a listening ear, conversation, food and friendship to our guests.
The South Church Cold Weather shelter will open on
Friday, December 21, 2013.
There are many volunteer opportunities within the Cold Weather Shelter. These include overnight volunteers, early evening (or shadow) volunteers, laundry volunteers, people who provide donations, managers and others. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information about this ministry, please contact shelter directors Miriam and Bill Watson at 724-4777 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our shelter volunteer coordinators Jim Kinhan and Ginny Mierins at 225-5102 (email@example.com).
TRAINING & ORIENTATION
· Concord Cold Weather Shelter orientation – @ First Congregational Church – this is by far our most important event for identifying and involving people who do not know anything about the shelter, what we do, who we help, how we help, and how they can help
· New Volunteer training – 12/3 @ First Church, 12/7 at South Church – 2 hours of detailed training providing tools and background for those new volunteers. Training is intended to be site specific (the operation at South is a little different than that at First, but a person unable to make one meeting can certainly attend the other)
· Refresher training – 12/10 @ First Church and 12/17 @ South Church – 1 hour of training for returning volunteers
To view and/or complete volunteering forms, please click on the following links.
Cold Weather Shelter – Need for Donated Items
The Cold Weather Shelter has been the generous recipient of an outpouring of donations and we'd like to say THANK YOU!!!! Many of our needs are met to be able to open the doors with sufficient supplies to help our guests upon arrival.
For anyone looking to make continued donations, we are still in need of the following:
The success of the Cold Weather Shelter relies on 200+ volunteers between both shelter sites. The success is also due in great part to local businesses who are willing to help us out as well. Businesses that have stepped up to help the South Church location include Boloco, Cleary Cleaners, Rocky’s Ace Hardware, True Brew Barista and the Marriott Courtyard.
Thank you all for your ongoing support!
Please check out our Cold Weather Shelter Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Concord-Cold-Weather-Shelter/177685566130
for more details and ongoing conversations.
All opportunities to get the word out about our efforts are good opportunities!