The Rotating Men’s Shelter

First Reformed Church has taken their turn in hosting the homeless men during the winter months for quite a few years. It is one of our many ministries.

We have recently completed our second week of the winter of 2013. This is only made possible by the volunteering of many people who are willing to come and spend the night starting at 7PM and ending at 7AM.

Two weeks of hosting is 14 nights and there has been up to 15 men staying over. That is a 168 hours spent. In addition to the men there are at least 2 volunteers. At least one is from First Reformed and others are from other places including Rutgers and other areas and churches in the vicinity.

The coming year 2013 – 2014 will again need a place for the men and First Reformed will be taking their two weeks. We look forward to the time when there will not be any need to house the homeless men because they will have a place to stay. Until that time comes we will be ready to take our turn. Some have asked “why do this”?

The answer is: “The king will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matt. 25:37-40

Editor’s Note: After many years as the Men’s Shelter Coordinator, Joan Fekete will be stepping down. She has done a marvelous (and thankless) job in soliciting volunteers for the 14 days we host the shelter. We are indebted to her service as those who have been served in this ministry.

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