Thank you all so much for praying for the new opportunity we have been working on at the overflow shelter (aka. the hotel). Open doors are a blessing at the best of times, but open doors during our current pandemic moment? Only God.
We started by meeting youth and taking a survey of how we could come alongside them while they were in this space. We had capacity to do follow up one-to-one work once they were housed, but during their time in shelter, we decided that we would offer some programming to get them out of their hotel rooms and experiencing some community. Think of it as youth group for street involved youth! So far we've hosted a board game night, arts cafe, sport and pizza in the park, and this week, a Thanksgiving feast.
We've had the chance to develop relationships with 2 youth who have moved into their own housing already, and our programs have consistently been bringing out a small group of youth. Our Thanksgiving Feast this week was attended by some youth who really needed to be there and by the end of the night we had divine appointments with 3 specific individuals.