Sleeping outside is dangerous. So is sleeping in your car, especially for mothers with children. Even on a mild winter night, you can freeze to death. There’s also the danger of someone stealing your things or attacking you at night. You rarely get to sleep for more than an hour before something wakes you up.
Thankfully, our doors are open to help those in need. But we need your help to sustain the great work God is doing in the lives of women and children who come to Neighbors of Hope. Donations are down so far this year. And the impact of inflation is raising our costs of providing safe shelter, meals, care, and support to women & children. It takes $27.40 to care for one woman or child for one day. So, you can see it isn’t difficult to determine the urgency with which I ask for your help.
Perhaps you would like to provide a night of shelter, food, and hope for someone at our Women & Children’s Center? That’s a wonderful gift. Some people come here and sit by the heat for hours, wrapped in coats and blankets. They feel the cold in their bones. Some say the cold never goes away. Frostbite can trouble you all your life.
It’s hard being homeless. But no one needs to remain homeless. There’s staff here who know how to help. Some have been homeless themselves. They stand ready to help with compassion, prayer, education, programming, and encouragement. No one is beyond God’s help.
You support this wonderful work, and we thank you for it. Your generosity helps them come through desperate times and live better than ever. Please join us again this winter to care for those who need a bed, a meal, and a new start.
Pastor Steven Palmer