Both Howgate and Penicuik South have a history of helping with the Night Shelter and the Care Van which support homeless people in Edinburgh. Bethany now has a permanent facility at Diadem in Georgie which can provide overnight accommodation for up to 75 people each night from October till May. Different churches volunteer to provide a two course evening meal with tea/coffee and to leave food for breakfast the next morning.
Last winter was the busiest season the Care Shelter had seen since it began in 1996. An average of 59 people attended each night which resulted in 13,267 presentations (up from an average of 43 and total presentations of 8,330 in the 2017-2018.
We have committed to catering for two sessions – on Sunday 27 October 2019 and Thursday 27 February 2020.
For each session we need a team of up to 9 people including someone who is able to drive the minibus to collect clients if possible. We arrive around 6pm and finish by 11pm.
We will need approx. £150 for each session to buy food and supplies. All food must be prepared on the premises.
The Kirk Session has agreed that the money from the Thank Offering on 29 September will be used for the Bethany Night Shelter and if necessary there will be a collecting tin each Sunday so that the congregation may contribute. Not everyone will be able to help on the two dates but everyone can support in prayer and through helping with funds.
If you would like to help on either the 27 October or the 27 February please speak to Sheena Dawe.