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Who is Severe Weather Shelter Network?

Severe Weather Shelter Network partners with other community organizations and agencies to provide emergency overnight shelter on life threatening winter nights for individuals living on the streets.

Local churches provide Host Sites where our guests spend the night, enjoy a hot, homemade meal and warm, friendly conversation around the table. Our guests experience a safe, warm environment for the overnight hours and are connected to other resources as their needs become known.

We are a Christian ministry welcoming all volunteers who share our passion and compassion for individuals experiencing homelessness. We do not expect volunteers to share our faith, but instead welcome them into a journey of serving together.

Letter from Executive Director                                  Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The sun is shining this morning after a night of rain. I thought about our guests last night as they looked for a dry place to spend the night. This always happens after the season ends and the spring rains begin. My heart is deeply committed to our guests still living on the streets. 

 
I wanted to share our end of season statistics to give you an idea of how the season flowed this year. 
 
Number of shelter nights: 44
Number of guests sheltered: 293
Number of guests housed through partnerships: 10
Number of volunteers involved: 600
 
I celebrate the conclusion of season number 5. Each season brings it's own challenges, but because of my wonderful Board and Leadership Team we were able to address those challenges and consider them blessings in the end. 
 
Now we begin looking ahead to the spring and summer activities that engage the ministry. In the in between months we are continuing to seek and build community relationships that are beneficial to our guests and raise awareness regarding the realities of life on the streets. Our desire is to help our neighbors understand not just the why or how of life on the streets, but the who. It is much harder to ignore or hand off to someone else the responsibility for individuals experiencing homelessness when you have a name and a face in conjunction with a story. 
 
I celebrate all that God has done in and through this ministry. I look forward to what He has in store for these next weeks and months. Will you join us? I have a place for you to use your gifts and passion today!  
 
 
Coveting your on-going prayers,
 
Lynn Ann Huizingh
Executive Director 
   
Homeless Connections
Severe Weather Shelter Network partners with organizations and agencies in order to assist our guests in connecting to resources that can help them take steps to a more safe and stable lifestyle.
Guests can go through Partner Connections using the information made available here. All guests wishing to participate in Severe Weather Shelter Network must connect through one of the listed partner organizations.
 
Volunteer Connections
Severe Weather Shelter Network has many different Volunteer Opportunities to fit many different volunteer styles. Volunteers are the tangible expression of the love of Jesus Christ to our guests on severe weather nights
Fill out the Volunteer Application on line. Our Volunteer Discipleship Coordinator will get in touch with you directly to help you get connected.
 
Stewardship Connections
God gives each person time, talents and treasure to steward for the benefit of His Kingdom. Severe Weather Shelter Network offers givers a variety of ways in which to steward all that God has given into their care. Specifically, we ask you to prayerfully consider how God may be inviting you to donate a financial gift to Severe Weather Shelter Network to support the on-going work of the ministry.
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