Homeless shelter closes

By From page A6 | April 02, 2012

EDITOR: As I am typing this letter to the editor I am feeling anxious for our homeless friends. The Nomadic Homeless Shelter that is housed in four different churches ended their shelter program on March 30. The 40-50 homeless men and women that have been using the shelter each night will have to find other places to spend the night; most of them will end up having to get a tent and sleeping bag and trying to find a place off the beaten path to camp.

A total of 107 different people have used the shelter this winter during the five months that it was up and running. The four participating churches were Green Valley Community Church, Cold Springs Community Church, Foothills United Methodist Church and Solid Rock Faith Center. Two other churches, Federated and Church of the Nazarene sent their volunteers to monitor the shelter during the eveings on selected nights. All of the volunteers have done an amazing job of making the homeless folks feel accepted and welcome. There was usually a light meal shared as well as movies and games. Warm fellowship was enjoyed and realtionships were formed and strengthened between the shelter guests and volunteers. The homeless advoacates are hoping our city and county government will help find a legal and safe place for our homeless to camp when the shelter closes. My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in helping at the shelter at our church.



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