Help Serve our Homeless!

Sunday, January 3, 2021
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Rotating Shelter Returns to First Pres in January 2022!

Help First Pres give shelter and provide a warm sleeping space from January 3-16 for up to 25 men directed here by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC).  While we could not provide the physical space last year due to Covid, First Pres members still played an important role helping in other churches by providing meals, serving as evening and overnight hosts and by donations of winter clothing and financial support.

The need is greatest during the cold winter months. The SAWC has a mission of ending homelessness one person at a time.  Examples during the pandemic are:  1300 vulnerable individuals were served, 700 received shelter, 55,000 masks were distributed and over 5000 COVID tests were facilitated.  In addition, 172 people were helped to find long term sustainable housing.

Our work is not done!  We survive in large part because of the generous spirit of our church family.  We need and welcome your help.  This year no hot meals will be served, but the following donations would provide so much:

  • Food:  pre-packaged snack foods, juice boxes, bottled water dropped off at the Welcome Center.
  • Clothing:  NEW warm outerwear, sweaters, shirts, socks (in original packaging and tags)
  • Time:  Sign up on the link below to serve as an evening host (6:30-9:00pm) and/or an overnight host (8:30pm-7:00am with a short shift at watch-duty between 10pm-6am): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4aa8a62ea3fe3-first
  • Financial:  Make a designated donation here: (https://secure.myvanco.com/YM88/home)

Know the comfort this program has brought to so many.  Please help First Pres to continue to serve in this way again in January!  Questions?  Contact co-chairs, Marcey Terrien (480-833-7019) or Jim Peggs (734-646-9412).