CWC - Who We Are
CWC Mission: Providing life-saving shelter and support to individuals and families in Adams County.
Community of Faith United (COFU) in partnership with a network of churches provides life-saving, emergency shelter to the homeless during the winter months through the Cold Weather Care (CWC) program. Our mission is based on Jesus’ great commandment to love Him and love people (Matthew 22:37-40) and His great commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Providing more than just shelter, we help guests cope with their immediate housing crisis, work to connect them with housing, employment and education opportunities, assist them with identifying resources for medical and childcare needs, and teach them life skills that enable them to return to independent living and self-sufficiency.
Guests arrive at the Host church between 6 and 7 p.m. each evening. There, volunteers prepare and serve meals, provide safe sleeping quarters, and make shower facilities available (either on-site or off-site, depending on the Host site capabilities).
Every evening dinner is served family style, sack lunches are packed for the following day, and each morning breakfast is served before guests leave. All adults attend Life Skills classes during the week, which include topics about relationships and parenting, health and wellness, bank accounts and budgeting, time management, and goal setting.
Guests leave the Host churches at 7 a.m. daily (Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.). They get their kids to school, they go to work, or go out to search for jobs and housing, and they receive case management support as they work on self-sufficiency plans. On Sundays, guests pack up their belongings and volunteers move the beds and luggage to the next Host site, where guests will stay for another week.
Through our Case Manager, CWC offers assessment, service planning, referrals, and advocacy. The Case Manager works with guests to identify their own unique barriers to stable housing. Together they develop an action plan that will enable the guest to move towards securing sustainable and permanent housing and work. A guest’s stay in the program is contingent upon positive participation and active efforts toward goal achievement.
Our objective is not simply to shelter the homeless for one more day, but more importantly, to help build a path to self-sufficiency for persons experiencing homelessness, through case management and Christ-centered community support.
We invite you to join with us as we strive to faithfully serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. Be a part of the solution.
2012-2103 Season Highlights:
- 389 program volunteers donating over 6,000 hours to the CWC program.
- Housed 51 guests, providing a total of 1,160 nights of shelter.
- At the end of the 2012-2013 season 60% of individual guests left the program into stable housing.
2013-2014 Season Highlights
- 443 program volunteers donating over 12,000 hours to the CWC program.
- Housed 69 guests, providing a total of 2,445 nights of shelter.
- At the end of the 2013-2014 season 64% of individual guests left the program into stable housing.