Redeemer partnered with the City and other churches and organizations around Charleston to help run the warming shelter for the homeless this winter. The warming shelter sleeps about 50 guests; provides a hot supper and donated clothes, blankets, and shoes for the taking; and gives a breakfast bag to each guest with prepackaged goodies when they leave. Redeemer’s week to serve came at the end of January, and we had two nights and mornings that week when the shelter opened because the temperature dropped. Nearly 20 volunteers from Redeemer helped set up the shelter, served food, gave out clothing donations, registered guests, cleaned up, and more!
Our volunteers were newcomers, deacons, Redeemer staff, and long-time members, stepping up to serve those less fortunate. Tatum, a volunteer who’s new to Redeemer, shared her experience: “While still being a new face at Redeemer, I enjoyed a time to serve while also meeting others that attend Redeemer. I enjoy a team atmosphere, and this allowed me an opportunity to serve those in our community while also building on new relationships with others.”
Many of our Redeemer volunteers enjoyed serving alongside the veteran volunteers and City employees. Many of those volunteers serve multiple weeks throughout the winter, and they have much experience with the homeless population. “I got to meet and talk with workers at the center and was able to hear their individual stories on why they serve the homeless population,” Tatum recalled. Our deacons are planning for our involvement for next winter and for other outreach opportunities within our community.