On 10th April YMCA Burton and Burton Churches invited Dignitaries, local supporters, staff, volunteers of the Night Shelter to St Paul’s Church for a Celebration and Thanksgiving Service.
This was for the Burton Night shelter which ran successfully from 1st December 2018 till 31st March 2019.
During the service Paul Laffey, CEO of YMCA Burton who said “Thanks to all the amazing staff and volunteers who have worked at this Shelter every night over the last four months. The Burton Night Shelter has been a great way for St Paul’s Church, the YMCA and Churches from across the town to come together and show the love of God by reaching out and offering practical compassionate and support to the vulnerable and homeless in our community. It’s easy to forget with the current mild weather, that we have had temperatures of -5 on a number of nights during the winter and believe the shelter has prevented people from dying on the streets of Burton. We thank God for making the Night Shelter Possible, and I thank all of you for being involved.”
We also heard from Night Shelter Coordinator Sean Killion and Volunteer Coordinator Natasha Aishford who gave us the following statistics;
– 5,035 meals cooked for the guests
– 116 individual guests came through the door
– 51 positive move on’s (examples of this are people coming off the streets into our housing, another housing operator, moving back home)
– Over 16,000 hot drinks made!
The service was closed with an address and blessing by The Bishop of Stafford Rt Reverend Geoff Annas. The Bishop said “I feel it’s sad that we must even have a night shelter but felt proud the church was being used in this way to help the most vulnerable in our community. I appreciate the Vicar Revd Stanley Monkhouse support with that of his Parochial Church Council and Congregation in using the Church facilities to support the homeless practically, spiritually and emotionally’.
Photo: (L-R) Bishop of Stafford, Geoff Annas, Daryl Williams, Ben Robinson, Sean Killion, Natasha Aishford, Deputy Mayor Colin Wileman, Stanley Monkhouse & CEO Paul Laffey.