This summer has been filled with busyness and blessings with more to come! Harbor House Crisis Shelters kicked off the summer by celebrating our 15th anniversary through our first annual 15/5K event. We had over 120 participants and raised over $5,000.
HHCS quickly moved onto our busy season of volunteerism. We were a Head of the Lakes United Way Day of Caring site, a mission work site for the New Life United Methodist Church and United Methodist Church of New London as well as a work site for the Wildfire! Youth Mission event. There are more details in this addition about the Wildfire! accomplishments.
HHCS has had two successful monitoring visits this spring/summer to ensure that funds are managed appropriately. The monitoring visit also examined the case files for compliance with the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements.
This is also the time of year when our shelter sites are at capacity with daily calls requesting shelter. During the months of May-September, every bedroom is full ninety percent of the time. This is also the peak time for number of children in the program, with the high of fifteen and a low of eight during these corresponding months.
While there is always a lot going on—our focus still remains on making the Harbor House Crisis Shelters ministry hospitable place for homeless women and families to temporarily dwell. The work that we do together makes it possible for lives to be impacted through resources, care, and hope. Thank you for your support. We are blessed.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Barbara Certa-Werner, Executive Director