Today’s guest post is shared from a Facebook post from Representative Erin Maye Quade…
Today my church, Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, opened an emergency shelter for those with no place to go for the upcoming particularly cold days. And t…his evening, Alyse and I gathered some supplies and brought them to the church–figuring the few people utilizing the shelter would be asleep at 10:00PM.
But everyone was still awake. And there weren’t just a “few” people.
Tonight, we met families with 8 month olds. Families who, in weather like this, are forced to separate just to sleep indoors. The moms and babies sleeping at shelters while the dads sleep in their cars.
We met a kid who has been sleeping under a bridge since the car they were sleeping in was impounded. We met a senior citizen who’s an adjunct professor with a masters degree trying to finish his next book.
And in the morning, there will be three more people arriving. Folks who work in Apple Valley at our fast food restaurants. Folks who, when they finish their overnight shifts, will actually have a place to sleep before they begin their next.
Housing instability is an issue in our community. Food insecurity is an issue in our community. Poverty is an issue in our community. And tonight, our community responded to the call for help. Let’s keep answering that call.
Spread the message of need in Dakota County by sharing this post. Contribute financially, help identify a site that could offer short term shelter which would be operated by professionals or contact Monica Nilsson at 612.405.5156 for more info.