Swansea Night Shelter 2020
From January to the middle of March 2020 several Swansea Churches opened their doors on different nights of the week to provide shelter for up to twelve guests who came off the streets.
We are so grateful to those who volunteered once again for the Monday evening shelter at All Saints'. Our 'in house' volunteers were joined by others from St Paul's Sketty, Llansamlet and Churches in the Mumbles Ministry Area. We were also joined by helpers from Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Mumbles.
As in previous years there were three shifts: evening [6pm -10pm], nights [10pm-6pm], mornings [6am-8.30am].
A friendly welcome, a good meal and a warm bed to sleep in for the night really did make a difference to our guests. The Shelter also helped a number of rough sleepers in the city to come off the streets for good. It's a challenging and often enjoyable ministry for all the Churches who work in partnership. This year's shelter was overseen by Housing Justice Cymru.
Though the shelter had to close early, due to the government coronavirus lockdown we are glad to report that all our guests found accommodation of their own.
Special thanks to April Beynon for co-ordinating the Tuesday Night Shelter at All Saints'. We also thank those who gave money, socks, gloves and food. Your generosity funding our shelter, once again, and we were able to give a grant of £500 to help towards the cost of the Monday shelter at St Stephen's, Port Tennant.
"I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me in" [The words of Jesus - Matthew 25.35]