NEW ADDRESS: 900 WEST BROADWAY, BUILDING 7, NEWTON, KS, 67114
The Harvey County Homeless Shelter is a Christian-based, 501c3 non-profit, outreach located in Newton, KS ministering to the greater Harvey County area. Our goal is to help our residents – men, women, and families – on their feet and into independent living environments. We are staffed and supported by area congregations, local volunteers, and business owners.
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THE BIG MOVE!
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. ‘I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.-(Genesis 12:1-5)
Many years ago my family took on the huge undertaking of moving. We were two parents with four children all under the age of nine with the youngest being one. We were moving from a small three bedroom home on the south side of Newton to a much larger five bedroom home on the north end. It was quite the endeavor I must say. On Friday my family came over and we packed boxes and loaded trailers with everything we owned. On Saturday we were finally cleared to take possession of our new home at 6 pm. My wife’s family drove the trailers over and helped us move everything in. They left once everything was moved in and Denise and I began the long journey of finding places for everything we owned. Needless to say, Denise and I have a very strong work ethic and cannot leave a task undone. At 4 am Sunday morning we had just finished unpacking the last box. Everything was in its place in our new home. Then we collapsed!
What an undertaking that was but it was nothing on the scale of what Abram went through when he left his native land. Nor was Denise and my personal move anything like the undertaking of moving the shelter to its new location at 900 West Broadway. For all those that may not know, WE MOVED! Let me give you the abbreviated version of how this move played out.
Our mission is to show the love of Jesus to those in need of secure, temporary shelter and a hand up, by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support.
The week before Memorial Day weekend was packed full of activity. We had groups coming in and packing, staff and residents moving what they could, and countless individuals stopping in to see how they might be able to help. I felt like an orchestra conductor leading the Boston Philharmonic as I was making sure everything was coordinated, tuned, and ready to go when it was their time to perform. By Saturday, the day of the move, I was worn out and in a daze. Luckily, (once the rain lifted) a great group of strong men and eager women popped out of the woodwork and the machine began rolling. They were totin’, haulin’, and movin’ everything in their way. As they were carrying items and boxes out of the old location, another group was at the new location receivin’, directin’, and sortin’ everything that came through the door. Then there was this some-what unnoticed aspect, we had a cleaning agency that cleaned up the old shelter as we pulled things out. By a little after noon, everything from the old shelter had been transferred to the new shelter.
The strong diligence went on for hours after everything had been delivered. Everyone had jobs to do and areas to work on. Residents set up their rooms, the new living area, and helped put the rest of the shelter in place. Volunteers put in countless hours stocking shelves, sorting supplies, and cleaning as they went. I think I might have a little insight into how Abram felt when God asked him to pick up everything he owned and take everyone with him. There were bodies everywhere! It was overwhelming at times! By Sunday evening it was as if we had been here for months. Most everything was in place and the residents were comfortable in their new home. On Sunday morning one of the residents stopped me on my way into the shelter to tell me how much he appreciated this nice building and how he actually had the opportunity to listen to birds in the trees and crickets in the grass the night before.
On behalf of the board and staff of the shelter I want to thank all those who put their backs, time, and labor into this move. Without you this may not have happened and it sure wouldn’t have happened as smoothly as it did. We are very grateful for the help you provided us but also the help that you provide our residents week in and week out. We are blessed to have so many caring people in our midst and surely God has joined us all together with the common goal of sharing the love of Christ to change the lives of those through our doors.
Much like Abram’s lineage, the journey is not over. This was one step in the grand scheme of what God has prepared for this ministry and I envision much greater things as we grow and flourish as servants of Christ. The journey is also not over in that we still need your support in time and finances. This change does not mean that shift workers and your financial support are not still needed. We did increase our budget from last year and are still in need of recouping fees paid out at our old location and repairs made on this location before our move. This journey has carried us far but we are not to the promised land yet. We still have some walking and maturing to do and in it all we take our volunteers, supporters, contributors, staff, board, ministry team, and residents with us. We still have some ground to cover but with one another and God with us I know we have a bright future ahead.
Once again, from the depths of my heart, I thank all of you that have generously contributed your finances, time, and skills to supporting the shelter in this difficult time and in our move. Your actions have not gone unnoticed!
James Wilson, director
If you would like to contribute financially to HCHS you can mail a check to:
900 West Broadway, Building 7
Newton, KS 67114
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