Safe Nights of Calvert County
The Answer is Safe Nights!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
- 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.
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
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 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
Water’s United Methodist
Without Volunteers Safe Nights could not exist!
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.
You may be asked to prepare food at home and bring to the shelter, or help prepare the food in the shelter kitchen.
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.
Shelters need cleaning too. Volunteers will be asked to clean the bathrooms and tidy up the shelter room.
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
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
- John Andrew Holmes Jr., American writer and minister