EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES -- PROVIDING A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT
Cold Weather Care (CWC) offers live-saving emergency shelter during the winter months to those experiencing homelessness. We are the only shelter in Adams County serving single men and women, as well as families.
Since 2009 we have created a community of safety and hope, where Christ-centered love guides every aspect of our services. As we meet our guests’ basic needs for shelter and food, and come alongside them with emotional support and individualized case management, we see lives transformed.
A Warm Place to Sleep
A network of churches provides shelter. Each guest has a safe, warm, and personal place to sleep, on a cot we provide along with a pillow and blankets. As much privacy is afforded as the space in each church allows. Families with children are able to stay together as a family unit within one sleeping space.
Three Meals a Day
CWC offers a faith-based community committed to the success of the individual and family. Each day our volunteers prepare breakfast and a bag lunch for our guests to take with them as they head out for their day of house hunting, job hunting, school, or work. Each night we sit down with our guests to a hot, nutritious meal provided and served family style by volunteers. Small teams of trained and dedicated volunteers spend evening hours with our guests to offer emotional support, engage children in fun activities, and build relationships.
CWC provides more than just shelter and food. We offer intensive case management services to all guests, which include assessments, service planning, goal setting, life skill development, referrals, and advocacy. The guests work one-on-one with the Case Manager to develop personalized self-sufficiency plans. Focused effort is then concentrated on those factors that are contributing to, or have caused homelessness. Remaining in our program is contingent upon positive participation and active efforts toward goal achievement. Last season, 64% of our guests were in stable, sustainable housing by season end.