Friday, February 18, 2011

Homeless Ministry Opportunity: Abraham's Tent

Abraham's Tent
Volunteer to eat with and hang out with the homeless!
March 21 - 28th
  1. Organizational Potluck: Sunday 2/27 at 6:30pm
  2. MANDATORY On-site Training: Wednesday 3/16, 7pm
  3. Sign-up to Volunteer to eat with homeless, host evening activities, or stay overnight: various dates, 3/21 - 3/28. (Sign-up online or email Hannah.)
At ECV, we know that God hasn't just called us to build a great church, but in fact to help build a great city for all people. In pursuing that vision, I'm really excited to invite you to be a part of Abraham's Tent.

Abraham's Tent is an initiative by a group of congregations in the New Haven Area to provide housing to the homeless in the cold winter months. The Columbus House shelter does not have room for all the homeless men who need housing during the winter. Each congregation that is part of Abraham's Tent commits to housing and feeding 10 men for one week. We will be partnering with United Church on the Green, Shalom UCC, Metropolitan Community Church, and the Yale Divinity School to host a group of 10 men at United during the week of March 21-28.

1. Volunteers from these congregations and beyond will gather for a get-to-know-you organizational potluck supper after our Sunday gathering on February 27 at United. If you've signed up already or are thinking about volunteering, bring a simple dish to share and come get more information and meet the neighbors with whom we'll be partnering.

2. There is also a mandatory on-site training with Columbus House staff on Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm at United.

3. Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Eat dinner with those who are staying at the church,
  • Organize evening activities: Game night @ Abraham's Tent?! This would be a great outreach event that homegroups can do together!
  • Stay overnight at the church: At least one man should be present, but both men & women are invited to stay overnight.
  • In particular, ECV has already signed up to eat dinner and host activities on the evening of Sunday, March 27th. Contact Hannah if you're interested in volunteering that night. 
If you are interested in another slot - Sign up on the online sign-up sheet (click here for link), OR Contact Hannah if you're interested in coordinating with other ECVers for a particular night.

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