The Tuesday evening Night Shelter at All Saints' opens its doors in the New Year.
We are very grateful to our team of volunteers who have signed up, completed the training and who will join the weekly rota from January to the end of March. For some of us, this will be the sixth year we will have volunteered for this challenging but rewarding work.
The Night Shelter Is part of the 'Swansea Hope' initiative and involves several Churches across the city. The idea is a simple one. Rough sleepers are encouraged to come off the streets of Swansea by council and homeless agencies. They are brought to a different Church building each night, where they are given a warm welcome, a hearty meal, a comfortable bed for the night and breakfast in the morning. Many of them open up to our volunteers and share their life stories. A number of our guests have battled with alcohol and drug addiction through the years. Others have been made homeless because they lost their jobs or had a cut in their benefits and failed to make their mortgage or rent payments. Many of them have suffered family breakdown or have had no one to turn to for help.
Since its launch, Swansea Hope has taken up to fifty rough sleepers off the streets each year. Many of them have gone on to rebuild their lives and to find permanent accommodation. It's vitally important work and is really making a difference to the problem of homelessness in the city.
All this, however, comes at a cost. We estimate that it costs between £500 and £800 to run our Tuesday Night Shelter for the three months it is open. This is to buy food for up to twelve guests, plus the volunteers and to heat and light the Churchrooms. The PCC has pledged to help fund the Monday evening shelter which will be shared between St Stephen's and St Samlet's Churches on the eastside of the city.
We ask you to consider supporting the shelter by giving a donation over the Christmas season. If everyone who comes to church gave just £5 we would have more than enough to fund our work here and on the eastside in the New Year. You can place your donation in an envelope marked 'Night Shelter' and bring it to Church. Any surplus we have will be carried over for the 2021 Shelter.
If you can help us in any way, or want further information, please contact April Beynon [Tuesday Shelter Co-ordinator] on 366110. Many thanks.
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