Local churches needed to help with homeless shelter project


The Cold Night Shelter Project is seeking churches to host homeless people this winter.

Host churches are needed for the weeks of Dec. 15 and 29. Church leaders who are ready to host or need information should contact the Rev. Dr. Sondra Gentry at Bethel Community Church at 317-590-2595.

The shelter team is working with Jackson County churches to bring individuals and families in from the cold. The program is modeled after Room in the Inn that has been operating for many years.

Churches are asked to take one week from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28 where they could serve as an overnight shelter for homeless people, who would be referred to as guests. Volunteers would prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and a sack lunch, provide recreational activities and fellowship with guests.

The shelter only activates when the temperature dips below 32 degrees.

Project committee members will help churches set up their program and train a congregation coordinator and volunteers.

These Seymour churches already have stepped up to host: Bethel Community Church, week of Dec. 1; Seymour Harvest Church, week of Dec. 8; and St. Ambrose Catholic Church, week of Dec. 22.

If you are a member of a church not hosting or a resident of Jackson County who would like to be involved by volunteering or donating, email Karen Browning at [email protected]. All volunteers must go through training before participating.

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