A Warm Welcome on a Cold Night

Amy Miller   -  

This winter, Micah Ministries and a cohort of local churches will once again come together to provide our unhoused neighbors with necessary overnight shelter. The season begins now and will run through mid-March. Unhoused neighbors will be bused from nightly dinners at Micah Ministries in Fredericksburg to the Cold Weather Shelter at 750 Kings Highway in Stafford, and then transported back to a hospitality space offered by the downtown churches each morning.

The Cold Weather Shelter operates according to weather guidelines to provide a safe place for homeless men and women who would otherwise sleep outside and risk freezing to death. Thirty-seven beds are available each night. The 3,000 square-foot facility also offers separate dorms for men and women, a handicapped sleeping space, three bathrooms, a small kitchen, and a gathering/intake area.

That’s where we come in! Ebenezer will provide 4-5 adult volunteers for the first two Saturdays of each month from 5:30-8:00 PM. Volunteers help everyone get checked in for the evening by greeting clients, setting up cots, and providing light snacks and fellowship. It is a tangible way to serve those in need in your community and make meaningful connections over time. In fact, many of our Cold Weather Shelter volunteers have gone on to find other ways to advocate for the homeless in our region.

Can you offer our neighbors a warm welcome on a cold night? Click here to join our Cold Weather Shelter team or contact me at [email protected]

Amy Miller, Director of Missions and Outreach