While temperatures in the sixties made it hard for us to believe it was time for the winter shelter to open, about two dozen staff, volunteers, and shelter residents packed into GMC’s day center on November 4 for a shelter training session. After an afternoon of safety training, the group shared a meal, reviewed important policies, and prepared for a successful winter shelter season.
GMC staff emphasized the importance not only of shelter but of building community and an environment of mutual respect. GMC’s Case Manager, Sabrina Burrell, asked everyone to share their name and something they liked about themselves. We heard about one resident’s guitar skills and another’s love of learning.
The opening of the shelter itself took place at Christ Church Georgetown on November 6. With help from GMC staff, our residents set up cots and checked in with each other. This year marks the 26th year of the program, in cooperation with Georgetown congregations who open their doors to provide safe, warm shelter for 10 residents from November through March. Residents, staff, and volunteers shared a delicious and hearty meal, made by Christ Church youth. Conversation flowed over pasta carbonara, salad, bread, and fresh-baked brownies. After dinner, our residents settled in for the night. The Winter Shelter is officially open, and residents, volunteers, and staff have already begun the deeper work of forming a community.
Interested in helping? Contact Sabrina Burrell. We’re thrilled to have new volunteers to prepare meals, eat with guests, or spend the night.