I have been giving a lot of thought to the concept of refuge. What is it? How do we best provide refuge on shelter nights for those whom we serve? At the same time, are we experiencing refuge when we gather on shelter nights?
A place of Refuge is a safe place. A place where immediate needs are met and welcome is extended.
Our community needs more Refuge. So much of our daily lives leaves many of us feeling anxious and fearful of what might be coming. And yet, for those of us who live housed, there is a place where we go at the end of our day and find a measure of Refuge. It isn’t just the physical house…it is the relationships in that house that make it our refuge, our safe place.
Severe Weather Shelter Network is that place of Refuge on life threatening winter nights for people living on the streets.
Our Host sites are a safe place. A place where immediate needs are met and welcome is extended. First for our volunteers as they arrive to make the space ready and secure the atmosphere of welcome. Secondarily to our guests as they arrive to experience Refuge from the cold, the invisibility, the hunger and the disdain of the world.
You can provide both a place and an atmosphere of REFUGE this winter. Now is the time to connect and discover just how your time, skills and energy can benefit brothers and sisters living on the streets. Now is the time to discover how YOU can be part of creating a growing place of REFUGE.
Click here for more information and to get connected for this shelter season. You are needed!