Refuge is a word that is not used a whole lot in our every day experience. For the most part many of us experience a sense of security and safety as we go through our day. It is a shock when something happens to shatter or at least shake the foundations of our sense of
A young man in a thick brown coat and scratched glasses stands in the median. “At least a smile.” Reads his bent cardboard sign. He isn’t wearing any gloves. The sun sinks low, the sky darkening a bleak grey. A cold winter night approaches and he is going to need a lot more than a
If someone was suffering and you had the power to change it, would you? A lot of people would. Here is the harder question. If someone was suffering and they needed your time, would you give it? Now you want to know more, right? It is one thing to hand someone $5 to buy lunch.
The first Saturday in November has become special to Severe Weather Shelter Network. For the last 5 Novembers we have hosted our fall fundraising event called Refuge from the Cold. The event is not exactly your traditional dinner banquet. We have always felt like it would be outside of our character as an organization and
24 hours from now The Journey Home South will release walkers to begin the walk. I can't believe it is actually here! 6 months of work, planning and dreaming with our partners. Telling stories. Thinking through what we want to see happen tomorrow. Praying that all we do is truly for the greater purpose. This
Swag bags. Every walk has them. Every carnival or community gathering where organizations are trying to say Thank you for joining the party has them. The Journey Home is no different...but I think our Swag bags are generously different! The first 300 walkers will receive a Swag bag with their completed registration form and walker fee.
I might be crazy. Some people might even affirm that thought. Who in their right mind hosts, plans and implements TWO walks at one time?! It isn't about being in a right mind...it isn't even a question of sanity. For me, it was a question of how a small nonprofit organization could let the broader
Over the last few years it has become evident that Severe Weather Shelter Network is a bit of a mystery to many who may not have experienced what we do. Many are not sure who we intend to be in our community. Severe Weather Shelter Network is an emergency overnight shelter in the winter months
Severe Weather Shelter Network and our partners are very clear on one single truth. There is not enough emergency shelter for everyone who needs it in the winter months. Especially in the suburban corridor. The reasons someone may find themselves living on the streets is varied and complicated. We have learned this over the last
Severe Weather Shelter Network is always looking for new partners that will help meet the needs of our guests in season and out. We have a new partner in Living Well Shower Trailer through Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood. One of the gaps we have learned about over the years of sheltering is the lack of