Hospitality In the Name of Christ
is Closed for the 2021 – 2022 Season
The Hospitality Board has made the difficult decision to NOT open the shelter again for the 2021-2022 Season. We have carefully investigated how the shelter could open while maintaining the strict CDC guidelines for quarantining and isolating our guests within the shelter space that are COVID symptomatic or COVID positive. We determined there are no plausible solutions for our current shelter space to provide these two critical services. We are disappointed to say the least because we cannot send our homeless friends’ home to do so. Having to limit the number of volunteers could certainly be done, but then we are faced with having to acquire regular overnight volunteers or employ individuals to meet this need. We assumed meals would not be an issue as we are confident people would still be willing to make meals and drop off at the Shelter. There had been conversations regarding COVID-19 testing and we felt that hurdle could be addressed, at least we were hopeful. Ventilation would certainly need to be improved, but again, this could be done in short order. Again, so many concerns with some answers and some critical pieces we were not able to answer.
As much as we are disappointed and assume you are too, we are focusing on what we are still able to do. Last season we provided a hot lunch once a week at the Community Church as an opportunity to stay connected with our friends and provide support as needed, outside of providing nightly shelter. We were able to provide a hot lunch, sack lunches to go, groceries, showers, laundry and transportation to another shelter or to a family member outside of our area if there was a better option. This season we will plan to provide the same services. Hot lunch will be on Thursdays, starting November 4th. We will once again hold these at Community Church, 109 N. Harrison St., from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The entrance to the “lunch room” is the glass double doors off the alley. Please feel free to spread the word to those in need.
We are reminded there is always hope, even if it’s for “tomorrow”. Months ago, we found a building we would like to call “home” for a permanent Shelter. The building would give us many new opportunities to serve and would allow us to meet the CDC guidelines for shelters. At this time this “home” is still a hope that we have. If this “home” becomes a reality the next question or hurdle will be to see if the community will support zoning changes. Would we be granted zoning that supports a shelter?
So, what can you do? We would love it if you would join us in prayer as we continue to seek God’s will as we move forward.
Thank-you for your patience and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Tammy & Tim Martin and the Hospitality INC Board