Ardent for Life Autumn 2019

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An Elk Grove Sleep-Over with


Winter Sanctuary Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

Come December in Elk Grove, we can often relate to the familiar holiday song saying, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…” For those who are homeless, harsh overnight conditions are more than a mere inconvenience, they can be a true nightmare. For this reason, Elk Grove HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team) has partnered with local churches to provide Winter Sanctuary (EG WINS) - a temporary emergency shelter for homeless people in Elk Grove. 52. - Autumn 2019

This program is based on the successful model used in Davis, CA, since 2007. Supporters include the City of Elk Grove, Sacramento Self Help Housing and Elk Grove Food Bank Services. Local churches provide accommodations over 12 weeks for up to 20 men and women with a warm, dry place to sleep, a hot meal, and friendly companionship. Churches that participate have found “many hands make light work”. They often divide up the task and time needed to prepare for and serve their overnight guests. This allows members of each congregation to help serve the community in a way that best fits their time schedule and talents. Over the past six years, the participating churches have developed a variety of traditions when it comes to hosting