In the Chill of the Night, Be the Beacon of Warmth
On November 6th a comprehensive plan (linked below) to provide temporary overnight shelter to our community’s homeless citizens during extreme winter weather was presented to the Cape Girardeau City Council on behalf of United Way of Southeast Missouri, The Salvation Army, First Call For Help, and Community Partnership. Unfortunately, at the November 20th meeting, four members comprising the majority voted against providing funding to shelter our homeless neighbors and save lives during extreme winter weather. Thankfully, many members of our community were concerned, as well as outraged, and we have responded. Through the collaborative help of many organizations United in Purpose, an Emergency Overnight Warming Center will open at The Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supported this effort.
Warm Hearts for Cold Nights Virtual Meeting
The sheltering collaborative continues to actively search for solutions with the support of many other social service organizations, churches, and community members. Thank you to all who attended our virtual community meeting on Thursday, November 30th.
Items discussed included fundraising, volunteers, resources, and strategies for helping our unhoused neighbors during winter storms.
Here are notes taken during the meeting.
Help Warm a Soul Today
Even if you do not attend the virtual meeting, everyone can help us provide overnight shelter to our homeless citizens during life-threatening winter weather. Please consider donating your time, talent or treasure. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay informed and visit our volunteer page for this opportunity to help and many more.
In The News
We greatly appreciate our local media who help us share our news with the community. Below are links to articles pertaining to our emergency winter sheltering proposal.