“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Matthew 25 : 35
Welcome to Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter
Our shelter season normally runs from 25 November to 31 March
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH SHELTERS IN 2021-2?
With progress to step 4 of the government roadmap, we are all waiting to see what this will mean for homeless people and shelters. At the moment, the operating principles published in October 2020 still stand, and these contain the instruction
“Rotating night shelter models – where a different venue is used each night and people/belongings move each day – carry a higher risk of infection and should not be used.”
We are researching options for ways we can all provide useful support and help for homeless people in the coming winter. This may be in addition to running shelters, should the new operating principles allow.
We provide emergency dormitory style accommodation for up to 14 guests from those who are sleeping on the streets, are at immediate risk of rough sleeping locally and the ‘hidden homeless’. Our shelter is open during the winter months (from late November to the end of March). Watch our 3-minute video on this page, or look at the longer version for a more in-depth view of a night in the shelter.
On each night of the week, whilst the shelter is open, a different church opens its doors to our guests, providing a hot meal, somewhere to sleep, breakfast and above all else, companionship and friendship. On average, guests stay with us for about 4 weeks before moving on – hopefully to more permanent housing.
It is an opportunity for us all to learn from each other, and also to meet with Christ himself. Jesus said, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25 v 40).
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