In partnership with other area churches, Cold Weather Care (CWC) is North Metro’s ministry of sheltering the homeless in the name of Jesus.
CWC’s mission is to provide life-saving shelter and support to individuals and families in Adams County during the winter months (typically October through April). Our mission is based on Jesus’ great commandment to love Him and love people (Matthew 22:37–40), and His great commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19–20). Providing more than just shelter, we help guests cope with their immediate housing crisis, work to connect them with housing, employment and education opportunities, assist them with identifying resources for medical and childcare needs, and teach them life skills that enable them to return to independent living and self-sufficiency. For more general information about CWC, visit the CWC website.
When it’s North Metro’s turn to serve as the “host” church for the week, guests arrive at about 6 p.m. each evening. Volunteers prepare and serve meals, provide safe sleeping quarters, and make shower facilities available. Every evening dinner is served family style, sack lunches are packed for the following day, and breakfast is served each morning before guests leave. All adults attend life skills classes during the week, which include topics about relationships and parenting, health and wellness, bank accounts and budgeting, time management, and goal setting.
Guests leave the church facility by 7 a.m. each day. They get their kids to school, they go to work, or they go out to search for jobs and housing, and they receive case management support as they work on self-sufficiency plans. On Sundays, guests pack up their belongings and CWC volunteers move the beds and luggage to the next host site, where guests will stay for another week. Guests are always invited to stay for Sunday church gatherings and classes.
Through CWC’s case manager, we offer needs assessment, social service referrals, and advocacy. The case manager works with guests to identify their own unique barriers to stable housing. Together they develop an action plan that will enable the guest to move toward securing sustainable and permanent housing and work. A guest’s stay in the program is contingent upon positive participation and active efforts toward goal achievement.
Our objective is not simply to shelter the homeless for one more day, but more importantly, to help build a path to self-sufficiency for persons experiencing homelessness, through case management and Christ-centered community support. We invite you to join with us as we strive to faithfully serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. Be a part of the solution.