Rotating winter shelter plans to expand More churches want to help

August 11, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

A group of North County churches has begun plans to provide a roving shelter for homeless men in the Glen Burnie area next winter.

"Winter Relief for the Homeless" moved among about a dozen churches in the northern half of the county for about four months last winter, providing dinner, breakfast and a warm place to sleep for about a dozen men.

"We hope to expand it because we have a few more churches that are interested in it," said Jacki Coyle, a member of the coordinating team and a pastoral associate at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the 7400 block of Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd.

Last year, about 33 churches representing 12 denominations volunteered to house, staff or prepare food for the men.

Every week or two, the shelter was moved to a different church. Men were taken to the temporary shelters from the Salvation Army office in Glen Burnie.

Representatives from area churches will meet Aug. 23 at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church at Second Avenue and Crain Highway to set up their schedule and select various tasks, such as preparing food, transporting the men and maintaining supplies.

"We want to cover the coldest months first," Ms. Coyle said.

That means assuring the shelter will operate from the end of November through mid-March.

In addition, organizers are considering developing programs to help the men deal with some of their problems and refocus their lives, she said. Last year, there were no programs.

The churches also expect to buy a few more cots or mattresses because during last winter's coldest months, sometimes 18 men showed up.

The churches had planned for 12.

The shelter grew out of a small group within the Glen Burnie Ministerium, a group of about two dozen churches in the area.

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