“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
WE ARE NOT RUNNING THE USUAL SHELTERS IN 2020-21
Sadly, due to Government guidelines about rotating Night Shelters and health and safety issues as a result of COVID, we are not able to open as usual this season.
Ealing Council continue to work very hard to locate and help homeless people with a range of support and temporary/emergency accommodation. If you or someone you meet are sleeping rough, please contact Streetlink on www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914
This winter, we are partnering with Thames Reach, who are working to move people on from emergency shelter. Marie is helping to get the clients ready to move into long term accommodation. That includes helping with doctors’ appointments, contacts with RISE, form filling in for benefits etc. She is also looking for ways in which churches and volunteers can support individuals.
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).
Please check our Facebook page for any donation items needed.