The days are getting shorter and colder and Linda doesn’t know exactly where she and her two sons are going to sleep tonight. She has been crashing with a friend, but the moldy basement room they are sharing triggers her son’s asthma; she is concerned about the drinking going on in the house and its effect on her children. She has spent all day at Mary’s Place, a Belltown Day Program for homeless women, calling for a space in an emergency family shelter or transitional housing program, but has only been able to put her name on waiting lists.
In response to the huge need for emergency shelter for families like Linda’s, Temple Beth Am is part of an interfaith network of congregations coordinated by Mary’s Place, hosting families overnight on a rotating basis. Our third turn will be December 27, 2011 – January 9, 2012 and we count on your help to take care of everyone. Moms love the good food, thoughtful attention and fun children’s activities we provide at Temple Beth Am.
Volunteers are needed to transport families in the van generously provided by Lakeview Free Methodist Church, provide dinner, and host our guests in the evening and overnight. Teen volunteers (over 16 if volunteering without a parent) are needed to supervise children and help with homework.
You can follow these links to sign up online for week 1 (December 27 – January 2) or week 2 (January 3 – 9). There is an orientation meeting for new volunteers on December 8, 7-8:30 pm at TBA. For more information, contact Tamara Bailey or Sheila and Paul Kasprzyk.