By Donna Clark RN, Director
The Community Emergency Shelter Project (CESP) is underway and we are housing as many as 38 men each night. This is the 15th year for this program and we have been able to meet our mission of preventing homeless men from freezing to death every winter thanks to the many churches who participate in CESP. This year started at Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene for one week and then on to Grace United Methodist Church for the next week. Community of Joy and the Camden conglomerate of churches only had space for 20 men and the cold weather was bringing in over 30 men each night. We were able to rent a warehouse here in Salisbury with a gift from a private donor that also paid for the heating oil and electric. The donation was totally unexpected and felt like God was showering us with a mighty blessing.
So much goes into hosting a space for this program and the time and dedication of each of the volunteers is amazing. The work of planning a week of shelter is almost a full time job and once the doors open, the first 48 hours demand constant attention from the key volunteers. It takes a lot of people to meet the needs including cooking the evening meal, registering the guests, monitoring the room, making lunches, managing the supplies, and other jobs as they arise. The love and caring exhibited by everyone participating is really heartwarming and the guests appreciate all that is being done for them. We thank each and every one of you who give of your time and talents. God bless you.