This page is dedicated to the Coventry Winter Night Shelter (CWNS) at All Souls. These past winter months, on Monday nights, All Souls has hosted homeless guests to whom we were able to offer an evening meal, a bed for the night, breakfast and a packed lunch. As you will read below, this was a huge effort from a wide variety of people.
owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who contributed in so many ways to
providing a night shelter for the homeless at All Souls on Monday evenings for
17 weeks over the winter period.
Firstly, thanks to the parish and to Fr Paul for encouraging the use of the parish room, donating the heating required and ensuring practical steps were taken which guaranteed the safety of the venue.
From the beginning of December until the end of March 59 volunteers worked extremely hard setting up and supervising the evening, night and morning shifts. Our thanks to a number of teams from the CTEC churches and from the Iqra community who provided excellent and varied evening meals; to the two parishioners provided weekly snacks for the guests to take with them in the morning and two people who ensured a weekly supply of fruit; to those who washed bed linen and towels; to those who donated so generously food, clothing toiletries and toothbrushes, thermal underwear, socks, gloves and hats – those who responded so immediately and generously when a particular need arose during the four months.
The shelter accommodated 43 people, 21 of whom have been able to move out of the shelter into more permanent accommodation. Unfortunately the shelter had to close a week early due to government measures to combat Covid 19, but thanks to the contacts the project had with the Council all guests were able to move into temporary accommodation whilst the Council worked out measures to house all the homeless in Coventry.
It has been a wonderful experience, to take part in such valuable outreach work with local faith communities working together.
May God bless all who have been involved – and particularly those who still need to find a permanent home, employment, and face an uncertain future.