People sleeping rough with no fixed abode remains a problem facing many societies and communities. Indeed, a close reading of the gospels reveal that it was an experience familiar to Jesus as a child and and adult. Consequently it is something that shouldn't be ignored when it happens in our modern world especially so when we enjoy social security and other government funded support services. When people become homeless they have recourse to some limited options and it is our hope and desire to add to the current provision in adistinctive way and without judgement as to why someone is homeless (very often due to illness and/or addiction problems).
What is a Church based Night Shelter? Night Shelter Cardiff is run by a group of churches providing a warm place to eat and sleep for 3 winter months of the year ( 18 December 2017 until 31 March 2018) for the homeless. Our parish volunteers work with other Christians from around the city to host 15-20 homeless people each Saturday during winter. We are inspired by the words and example of Jesus to reach out to those who are least and most powerless in our world, and to follow his teaching in Matthew 25:34-35:
"‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me...".
Help Needed Please join us in helping those who are homelessThe Nightshelter is staffed by volunteers and funded by different churches and individuals. We get no funding from central government and exist entirely on the loving generosity of local people. However, we still really need your help. Volunteering doesn't mean having to help every week and certainly not staying up all night, just when you are able to. Please help us whenever and however you can - it will be much appreciated and ease the burden of those who already give so much.
There are shifts each night where we need your help: Evening 6-10pm - The evening shift starts at 6pm on a Thursday to set up. Other activities are cooking, serving, spending time with the guests, and so on, and runs through to 9:30 or 10pm.
Night 10pm - 7am - The night shift starts at 10pm and runs through to 7am. This is the easiest and quietest shift as the guests are in bed with the lights out, but it is the longest shift. Because of its length many people volunteer to do a half shift.
Morning 7-9am - The morning shift is from 7am to 9am. This is the shortest shift but it can be the busiest as breakfast needs cooked, guests encouraged to get out of bed, and the beds have to be put away, rooms hoovered, toilets and kitchen cleaned, etc.
Training Training for night shelter is essential. We will organise some training sessions in the build up to December. We want to help but we also want to protect and make our provision as safe and secure for everyone, client and volunteer. There is much to learn about the most effective and appropriate way to love those who are homeless, with little or no English as well as many experiences of rejection and broken trust. We are called by Jesus to love and respect all; people with dignity and to never patronise them. Thankfully we have a core group of experienced volunteers who are in attendance most nights of the nightshelter and can help those who are new to this form of ministry.
For more details contact Fr Phelim O'Hare on email@example.com or telephone 02922411229