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Safe Nights of Calvert County

 

Where Would You Go If…

You Lost Your Home

The Shelter Was Full

The Air Was Cold

There was Nowhere to Turn?

 

 

Safe Nights of Calvert County is an interfaith consortium of churches that open their hearts and churches to the homeless. The Safe Nights program brings together citizens from all faiths and civic organizations that are dedicated to a compassionate response to the plight of the homeless in Calvert County. The Safe Nights program is dedicated to protecting the homeless from the cold by providing shelter in a clean and safe environment.

 

When Does Safe Nights Begin?

Safe Nights shelters will be November 17, 2013 – April 5, 2014. 

Safe Nights is beginning its 7th season of providing shelter to the homeless of Calvert County. Shelters are held in churches throughout the county 7 days a week from 7 pm to 7 am. Guests of Safe Nights must pass a background check and meet eligibility requirements. Anyone seeking shelter must call 443-486-8670 to schedule an appointment for an intake. Intake appointments will begin November 1, 2013. calvertsafenights@gmail.com 

What Does Safe Nights Provide?

Host shelters provide a cot and three nutritious meals (breakfast, dinner and a bag lunch) in a safe environment.  Transportation, to the extent possible, will be provided from Prince Frederick to the outlying areas.

What Are The Shelter Hours?

Shelter hours are from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., 7 days a week, beginning in November and ending in March or early April. Program beginning and ending dates may vary.

Who Qualifies for Safe Nights?

Individuals Must:

  • Be Homeless
  • Show Identification
  • Furnish proof of residency in Calvert County
  • Be ambulatory & capable of self care
  • Be over 18 Year of Age, Unless Accompanied by a Parent
  • Sign the Guest Shelter Agreement and Agree to Abide by its Provisions
  • Be Drug and Alcohol Free
  • Pass a Background Check

 

How Do Individuals Register?

Register by calling for an appointment: Safe Nights of Calvert County. Call (443) 486-8670

All interviews are by appointment only – No walk-ins accepted. A one-time in person registration is required for the season.

 

How is Safe Nights Funded?

Safe Nights gets no funding from the Federal, State or Local Governments. Safe Nights is a volunteer-driven program, but there are still expenses for transportation and supplies. Monetary donations from individuals and businesses help offset those expenses, and are 100% tax deductible. Safe Nights is a non-profit. 501(c)(3) corporation.

Checks can be made payable to:

Safe Nights of Calvert County, Inc.

P.O. 3707

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

 

Current and Former Participating Congregations:

All Saints Episcopal

Bethel Way of the Cross

Calvary United Apostolic Church

Calvert County Baptist Church

Chesapeake Church

Christ Episcopal Church

Congregation Beit Chaverim

Coopers United Methodist Church

Dunkirk Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

First Lutheran Church

Full Gospel Assembly Church

Grace Brethren Church

Greater Mt. Zion Church

Healing and Deliverance Church

Huntingtown United Methodist

Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church

Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Middleham/St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church

Mt. Olive United Methodist Church

Olivet United Methodist Church

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Patuxent Friends

Patuxent United Methodist Church

Peters United Methodist Church

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

St. Edmond’s United Methodist Church

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

St. John’s United Methodist Church

St. Nicholas Lutheran Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Smithville United Methodist Church

Solomon’s United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Universalist Unitarian

Water’s United Methodist

 

Without Volunteers Safe Nights could not exist!

 

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The faith community can help by:

Hosting a one-week shelter.

Assisting a host church during their shelter week.

Providing transportation to and from shelters.    

 

Here are some ways individuals can help:

Setup and Breakdown Shelters:

Assist in setting up and taking down cots and tables and chairs.

 

Preparing Food:

You may be asked to prepare food at home and bring to the shelter, or help prepare the food in the shelter kitchen.

 

Serving Food:

Food servers usually are asked to arrive an hour before breakfast and dinner is to be served. Some host churches have the food brought to the shelter, and some prepare the food at the shelter. You will assist in getting the meal ready and serving the meal.

Be an Overnight Monitor:

As a monitor, you get to know those we are serving. While you are there to greet the guests, you also have responsibilities to enforce the rules. All volunteers who have contact with the guests receive training and sign a confidentiality agreement.  We ask that you treat all guests with respect and courtesy, but set boundaries.

One male and one female Monitor must be present while guests are at the shelter. Monitors serve a full shift from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. or partial shift, usually, from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. or 12:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Cleaners:

Shelters need cleaning too. Volunteers will be asked to clean the bathrooms and tidy up the shelter room.

Laundry:

At the end of the shelter week, the bed and bath linens need to be washed at the local laundromat.

Transportation of Supplies:

Up to 20 cots and other supplies need to be transported to each shelter.

 

Transportation of Guests:

We are always in need of church vans or buses and drivers to transport the guests from Prince Frederick to the outlying churches and return on a daily basis.

Contact Information: 443-486-8670

calvertsafenights@gmail.com

 

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
- John Andrew Holmes Jr., American writer and minister

 

 

 

 

 

 Site updated 10/13/2011

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