The shelter is open. 1101 S. Madison St., The Salvation Army Church. The 3rd Street doors will open at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm.
NO LOITERING PLEASE!!!
Casting Vision with Greater Purpose
“A place where strangers in need become family with Hope”
Although Hospitality INC was closed for the last two years, during that time we were busy casting a new vision for our men’s shelter. From day one, we aimed to provide emergency shelter for our guests, but over the last few years we felt called to
‘up our game’. We realized our shelter and guests had growing needs, and that meant a need for more square footage. After much time spent praying and exploring the Community Church as well as many other options, we are still unsure of our next steps. In the meantime, we have been able to temporarily secure the former shelter location of The Salvation Army for this winter. We are grateful for God’s provision and will continue to seek His direction for a permanent, larger facility that will accommodate our growing needs.
As we reflected on the “why” we are in the business of sheltering, we were reminded that we simply do this because we love God, and we love people. By building relationships and offering to help guests in need, we affirm that we are not here to change people, but rather to offer up space where change can take place.
As part of our new vision, we feel it is important to provide more continuity and consistency with our Volunteers. To accomplish this, part of the restructuring plan will move us from Church or Workplace Teams to Missional Teams. The new Teams will allow for greater focus and building community. Volunteers with a passion for the ministry and a heart to make a difference in someone’s life are asked to join a Missional Team where they feel called to serve. Serving could be once a week or every other week depending on the team commitment.
A new vision will no doubt include changes, but the heart of the ministry of Hospitality INC remains the same:
Loving God and loving people by building relationships.
13 years of experience in this ministry has confirmed that building solid relationships with our Guests is the common denominator to successfully helping our Volunteers and Guests to move forward.
Brief descriptions and time commitments of each Missional Team can be found attached to the volunteer application. We prayerfully hope that God is calling you to join us in this mission field.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.