The Emergency Shelter Partnership
The Emergency Shelter Partnership at FCC began when one of our members, the moderator at the time, was struggling between his role as a consensus builder and an advocator. He was haunted by a bible passage, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, (Matt. 25, vs.35). He asked himself, "How does one advocate when you are not an advocator?" Fortunately, other people in the church were willing to propose a project. It took a bit of doing, but we became part of the Emergency Shelter Partnership. A decade later we are still part of the partnership. We provide a warm, dry, safe place for 20 – 25 people on some of the coldest nights of the year. With the help of friends, we provide wonderful dinners and lunches. There have been new warm clothes and toiletries available for people who need them. We also provide a warm welcome that crosses over the occasional language barrier.
We’ve given a lot. But, we have received equally. To see the people working in the kitchen, sharing stories of “the night that……..”makes it obvious that joy is shared. The work that goes on is multi-generational and ecumenical. Being part of the Emergency Shelter Partnership is a shared blessing, shared among the homeless, the workers and the church.