FM Sheltering Churches is a volunteer-run organization that works to build a partnership between area shelters and the churches of our metro.
Homelessness is on the rise in our community, but instead of building another shelter, we seek to provide warmth and comfort in existing facilities (namely churches) while we work toward long-term goals and permanent solutions.
Every week of our cold season, a different church serves as the overflow shelter facility. Each host church provides volunteers to coordinate and facilitate their week of sheltering with assistance from volunteers across the metro.
Guests first arrive at area shelters and are only transported to the emergency overflow host church in the event that there is no more room in the permanent shelter—and all guests must first go through regular check-in processes at the permanent shelter.
Volunteers go through a training session to learn more about homelessness and prepare for service with our organization.