This morning, My Green Lake reported that all neighborhood SHARE shelters would close on October 10, citing a widely-distributed email from SHARE. So, we contacted Pastor Jami Fecher over at Gift of Grace and he confirmed that he also received the same correspondence notifying him of the closures. He sent me a link to SHARE’s Google Group for direct access. Here’s the post:
Dear friends, hosts, allies and supporters:
SHARE’s money can go no further. The last night inside for the neighborhood indoor shelters is Sunday night, 10/9/11.
Please share this terrible news with all you can – your congregation on Sunday morning in both the bulletin and during the service, your email lists for anyone who may care, and your friends. Your support is needed now more than ever.
Attached are two fliers (FlierWHAD and FlierWHAD1). Please choose one and send it to your entire congregation or other alert list you have. When one is denied a fair chance at the basics of life – food, shelter and clothing – in a land of plenty such as ours, it is only fair and just to stand up peacefully and ask for better.
That – and staying together and safe – is what we will be doing Monday night. We hope you will join us. The more of us who stand up to be counted, the sooner we’ll get back inside.
Thank you for your ongoing friendship and support.
The SHARE shelter opened at Gift of Grace last September, sparking a bit of controversy between the church and its tenant, Huckleberry Forest preschool, as well as the neighbors in the vicinity.
One Night Count reports that during a given night in 2011, 1,753 people in Seattle were unsheltered. One of SHARE’s fliers (FlierWHAD) indicates that there are 500 people who use SHARE for shelter city-wide. It’s unclear at this point where they will go once the shelters close on Sunday.