I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.
— Jesus Christ (Gospel of St Matthew 25:35-36)
St Paul’s cooperates with Holy Innocents, Hornsey in welcoming homeless guests during the cold months of December through March. The night shelter provides an evening meal, washing facilities, clothes, toiletries, and breakfast the following morning. One of the most important aims of the night shelter is to offer a warm welcome and friendship to guests who have been on the street all day.
Goals of the Night Shelter
The shelter is not just about providing a bed for the night. The charity All People All Places supports guests in transitioning to more permanent accommodation and work. The shelter coordinator works tirelessly in moving guests into more stable accommodation as quickly as possible to break the cycle of homelessness. The huge success of much of this work is done by hugely committed people – many of whom are volunteers.
We can only offer this work because of the generous help and energy of so many people within and without our community. There are lots of church volunteers and volunteers from the local community who help each week with the running of the shelter. Teachers and parents from local schools take part in the project and help cook evening meals and breakfasts. School children often take part in setting up beds and tables in preparation for the shelter.
Local people are also very generous in supporting the project financially. Moors Bar on Park Road has been hugely supportive in raising money for the shelter with special fundraising concerts and film nights. Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End donates delicious food to the shelter every week. We are very grateful to all who have helped in so many ways to help with this excellent work of providing shelter to those who might otherwise sleep rough on the streets of our city.
How can you help?
If you are interested in volunteering for the shelter, please speak to one of clergy at St Paul’s, or contact us. If you are unable to help physically, financial support is much appreciated. Please take a look at All People All Places for more details.
Read about the night shelter in the press here: