Helping the homeless among us

As the weather turns colder, the Community of Faith Mission prepares to open our doors Nov. 11 to the most vulnerable in our community. In its seventh year of operation, the emergency shelter program for homeless men, women and families continues to fulfill its mission of providing a warm, safe place to sleep and three meals to the homeless who live among us.

COFM is the bridge for individuals living unsheltered to finding permanent housing. The shelter is often the first point of entry for many homeless individuals in crisis. The group makes it a priority to refer guests to the many community resources available to them, including nonprofits that might be able to help them move from emergency shelter to permanent housing.

We are grateful for the support of the 33 congregations and community partners who provide the meals, facilities and other in-kind free services.

Last year the shelter program facilitated more than 2,700 shelter stays, serving 114 guests of all ages. While some homeless individuals utilized the shelter for just a short time, others stayed for most of the season. More than 2,500 volunteers participated in the program and more than 7,500 meals were provided.

The board of directors would like to reach out to businesses and individuals for their support to help fund shelter operations. Please consider supporting our Sponsor-a-Night of Shelter Campaign. The cost to sponsor one night is $359. For more information on how you can become a sponsor, please go to our website at cofm.info.

Renee Collins

Campaign Chair, Community of Faith Mission

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