Austin Street Centre’s primary purpose for existence is to offer emergency shelter and related services to the homeless person in a compassionate Christian community, so that the person in need might be better able to make responsible choices and changes in their lives. The Centre has a particular ministry of caring for those who suffer from various physical and mental disabilities, unable to care for themselves, with few or no available alternatives. This includes 24 hour shelter care for those persons recovering from serious illness or injury. To learn more about this organization: http://www.austinstreet.org
Meal Ministry: Volunteers from 120 plus different area churches, synagogues, school groups and service organizations prepare food in their kitchen, deliver it to Austin Street Centre and feed residents each day.
Day Program A Day Program is provided for women and children as well as men who are elderly or are too ill to work. This program, supervised by shelter staff, relies on volunteer groups.
On the third, fourth, and fifth Friday nights of each month, a team of six to ten people from Incarnation serves dinner to the homeless. The church provides the meal and the team members provide milk and juice. Teams leave the church at 5:30 p.m. to caravan to the shelter and are usually done by 7:30 p.m. This is a wonderful family activity and a great way to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world along with fellow parishioners.
Serve as a team leader – team serves twice a year.
Serve on a team to serve food – twice a year commitment at 3 hours maximum each time.
Contact Shelley Eisenlohr (email) if you would like to get involved or have questions about this ministry.