Men's and Women's emergency shelters was open in October 2013 and will run until April, 2014. Each shelter provides a mat to sleep on, blankets, pillows and meals. Most importantly, these shelters provide a warm and safe place for these individual to renew themselves for the next day.
Annual reports from last year are available for either program, which will show an average of 22 men per night and 5 women per night, all of whom would be without shelter in the cold months if these programs were not in place.
Our volunteers are provided with training, and both programs provide opportunity to build rewarding relationships with people who might ordinarily be outside our own pathways. To be involved in these special missions, or for more information, look for the contact information below.
Valpo FUMC, along with six other area churches provide shelter for homeless men between the months of October and April. This Fall, shelter will again be here at Valpo FUMC on Monday nights, 7:00 pm until 7:00am Tuesday mornings. The six other churches provide shelter during the rest of the week.
The Men's Shelter works in conjunction with New Creation Men's Center, which admits clients and works with each man on his individual plan for self-sufficiency.
This program has a capacity of twenty-five.
To get involved, or for more information, contact Tom Neff at 219.531.0457 or 219.508.1713.
The Women's Shelter, named Open Arms, will be on a rotating schedule similar to the men's schedule in seven other area churches. This program works in conjunction with the new women's day program called Dayspring, where each woman will receive support in re-establishing her self-sufficiency.
Open Arms is established for women who do not have children with them, as parent-with-child emergency housing is generally available in other centers, such as Housing Opportunities.
Capacity for the women's program is to be determined.
To get involved, or for more information, contact Janice Keim at 219.531.0457.