For the last twenty years, Willow Creek has opened its doors to up to 70 guests experiencing homelessness every Thursday night from October through April. In partnership with the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program, we provide a safe place for these guests to eat, shower and sleep. This year, we have seen more and more families with young children who have no other place to stay at night.
On a recent Thursday evening, our PADS volunteers befriended a young boy and gave him some paper and crayons to draw with. Our young guest asked each of the volunteers their favorite animal and over the course of the night, he delivered a special drawing to each of them. The volunteers taped up the drawings on the wall, like a refrigerator door, and when they stepped back they noticed that all the animals were smiling. Despite the stress and uncertainty of homelessness, this boy felt safe and happy sleeping here at our church and his animal drawings reflected that sense of peace.
For the first time ever, rather than closing our doors in April, we are keeping them open all year long! This will allow these individuals and families to have a secure place to stay all through the spring and summer. What an amazing opportunity for us to love everyone, always!
In order to serve our homeless guests year round, we are looking for people to serve on Monday nights from May to September. To make it easy, PADS will be bringing their training to us at Midweek on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Be a part of loving some of the most vulnerable in our community. Learn more here.