Many thanks to the 100+ volunteers, our staff, and partner congregations who worked to make the PACEM men’s homeless shelter at Westminster a reality. The corona virus pandemic presented unprecedented challenges during our hosting period, but we nevertheless provided a warm meal and a safe place to sleep for 30+ men for sixteen nights. We extended our hosting period by two days when the shelter was unable to move to the next church due to the pandemic, and additional volunteers (including all three of our pastors, college students home unexpectedly, and folks from other congregations) stepped up when asked. The shelter is now housed at the Key Recreation Center downtown, where guests will have the space to place their beds six feet apart.
Every year it is remarkable to see how our church family comes together to host our homeless neighbors, but this year was particularly striking. While most of us prepared to quarantine ourselves at home and help “flatten the curve,” those without a home in which to quarantine were on our doorstep. Never before have these men, many of whom we have gotten to know over the span of numerous years, seemed more vulnerable. We ask that you join us in praying for their health during this crisis.
Many thanks to all who made the shelter at Westminster possible—we could not have done it without you. Your generosity in terms of time, talent, and treasure (many gift cards and donations were received!) was remarkable.
—The PACEM Committee