Published on April 26, 2021
The Churches of Whitehorse are working towards the inaugural Whitehorse Winter Shelter. Using their buildings as venues and engaging their members and others from the community as volunteers, the Churches of Whitehorse are working together to respond to homelessness – by providing a warm, safe and supportive space for people to seek shelter during winter.
Shelter doors will open from the 1st of June until the 31st of August. The shelter is a short term, crisis response to homelessness and not a long term solution.
Seven churches each host the shelter one night of the week. All operate with the same policies and procedures. Volunteers from local churches and community come together to staff the Shelter, working at any venue, according to their availability.
Guests will be aged 25 yrs and above. In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, all guests will be assessed before being invited to stay at the shelter. Alcohol and illicit drug use will not be permitted in the Winter Night Shelter. Guests will not be admitted if they are substance affected.
Volunteers need to be 18+ years, complete a registration form, have a Working With Children Check, provide a referee for a character reference and complete the volunteer training. Volunteers do not need to be Christian/associated with a Church.
This is the final call for involvement in this year’s Whitehorse Winter Shelter! NewHope will be hosting Thursday Nights into Friday Morning (but you can be involved in another night or morning at another venue) and if you’re over 18 and have (or commit to getting) a current Working With Children’s Check, you can be involved. Registration is required, and you can put in preferences on the Volunteer form.
The compulsory training day is coming up soon on Saturday May 15th from 9.30am til 12.30pm at NewHope
What a fantastic opportunity we have to respond to one of the most challenging issues of our city in this season.
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