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Emergency Winter Shelter

Stillwater Emergency Winter Shelter at Trinity Lutheran Church

While they were there, the time came to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manager because there was no room for them in the Inn.    – Luke 2: 6-7 (NRSV)

The Christmas story is significant in may ways, not the least—the family had to seek emergency winter shelter in a stable.  Many in our community face the same emergency shelter need during the winter months. Trinity is partnering in a community initiative that includes the Stillwater area faith community, civic groups, service organizations, Washington County Community Host team, and individuals called to provide potential life-saving shelter to those experiencing homelessness.

Emergency Winter Shelter operational planning meetings are continuing. Volunteer training sessions are scheduled in January, as below.

Volunteer training sessions are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 pm in the Garden Room
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10 am in the Garden Room
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 pm in the Garden Room

Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Andrews Community Resource Center will be the two locations for Emergency Winter Shelters in the coming months.

The shelter location dates, hours of operation, and temperature guidelines are as follows:

Emergency Winter Shelter – Dec. 29, 2019 through March 7, 2020

Operation dates and locations:
St. Andrews Community Resource Center (SACRC) — Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
Trinity Lutheran Church (TLC) — Sunday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, March 7, 2020

Hours of operation:
Daytime: volunteers 9 am–5:30 pm
Nighttime: volunteers 5 pm – 10 am (multiple shifts will handle this period)

Temperature guidelines to open (actual temperature, not wind chill):
Daytime: Zero (0)F degrees if forecasted for a minimum of 3 hours duration.
Nighttime: Below (or equal to) 10 degrees below zero (0)F if forecasted for a minimum of 3 hours duration.

Many volunteers are needed! Please sign up and reach out to others and ask them to help with this year’s Emergency Winter Schedule.

Contact John Hodler or Jeff Anderson to sign up or get answers to your questions.

Photo credit Don Trueman, Paramount Pixels.

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