This winter, we have the opportunity to serve the community in a powerful way through a partnership with Arundel House of Hope and their Winter Relief program.  Winter Relief is a collaborative effort that involves churches across Anne Arundel County coming together to provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the harsh winter months (October through April).  Our part to play will take place from December 10 through 18.  During that time, our building will become home for 35 people from our community.
These aren’t just people experiencing homelessness, they’re our neighbors.  Jesus had a lot to say about how much he loves our neighbors and how we are supposed to treat them. Matthew helps us see this in a story he told about a lawyer who asked Jesus “which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus answers him saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-39).  The first verse Jesus quotes is Deuteronomy 6:5, but the second is from Leviticus 19.  There you’ll find that loving your neighbor means to live generously toward the poor and the alien.  For Jesus, to love your neighbor as you love yourself, is to practice justice towards your fellow human beings.  
Winter Relief is about us loving our neighbors, it’s about us loving like Jesus.  To make that happen, we need all hands on deck.  Take a look below to see how you can get involved!
Hosts assist our guests to make their stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. This includes assisting with daily check-in, dispensing over the counter medications, coordinating the daily lunch list, monitoring guest shower and laundry schedules, assisting with snacks and beverages.
The breakfast crew works to provide a warm, delicious meal at the start of a long, cold day. In addition to preparing and serving what some call the most important meal of the day, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in conversations and build relationships with our Winter Relief guests.
As a member of the Lunch Crew, you’ll work to prepare bag lunches that will help our guests get through a long, cold day.  When preparing these lunches, consider incorporating some personal touches to help our guests see how much we value people. 
As a member of our Dinner Crew , you will have the privilege of preparing and serving a warm, delicious meal at the end of a long, cold day. You will also be able to engage in conversations and build relationships with our Winter Relief guests.
Members of the Night Crew help create a safe and secure for our guests after hours.  They connect with guests and assist with snacks and beverages and dispensing over the counter medications.
Playing a role on the Transportation Crew means you’ll be involved in making sure  guests travel safely between day and evening sites.  Safe travel to a warm location can make all the difference in the world to someone experiencing homelessness.
Our Setup and Breakdown Crew is committed to helping prepare a welcoming, comfortable accommodations for our guests.  They assist with setting up and tearing all the items necessary for our guest to have the best experience possible.
The people on our Activities Crew are committed creating a fun, entertaining experience for our guests.  This is an incredible opportunity for Serve Teams, Small-Groups and families.