Homeless Men and Women Find Refuge and Hope at
It was a warm August 1st night at Mission Headquarters. The cots were set, blankets and sheets ready for distribution. Food was waiting. Then, they started coming, one by one, looking worn and fatigued, homeless men and women desperately wanting a safe secure place to lay their weary bodies. Courtyard 365 – A Year Round Emergency Shelter was now officially launched.
One woman named Susan started to cry, “I’ve been beat up twice sleeping on the streets. I can’t do this anymore…I just got a part time job and need to get a good night’s rest and shower.” After receiving her blanket, sheet and pillow, she claimed her cot, made her bed for the night, ate dinner and started watching the Olympics that were on TV. “Thank you Hope of the Valley….Thank you!” she exclaimed.
The ranks of the homeless are growing. Daily the Mission receives 12-14 calls per day from homeless people looking for shelter. There is currently a 3-month waiting list to get into any shelter. Hope of the Valley, through its Courtyard 365 Program now offers 50 beds per night in its covered courtyard. To see more pictures of the great new program go to Facebook/Hope of the Valley.Read more