It is time to develop a permanent site for the shelter and The Coalition is ready to move forward. I am inviting all of the Episcopal Churches in the Frederick Region to join in this effort. We hope you will consider doing whatever you can to make it a success.
A New Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families – At a Glance
WHAT: Develop a fixed site, overnight emergency shelter for up to 45 people— 10 to 11 families, depending on household size– with an associated day program and assist families to achieve permanent housing and more stable lives. An estimated $3 million will be needed to cover the property, subdivision, architectural and renovation costs, and the first year of operating expenses.
WHY: The current Family Shelter model is inadequate in concept, size, and scope. The proposed fixed-site approach will allow us to triple the capacity of the current program, reduce the number of costly hotel rooms needed when demand exceeds capacity, and provide stability for families.
WHERE: 7516 Hayward Road, Frederick MD 21702 (transferred from the City of Frederick at zero cost), an 8,300-square-foot farmhouse only 3 miles from the DeGrange Street campus, easily accessible to social services and other resources and located on public transportation routes.
The remediation phase of the project is now underway!
HOW: Project will be funded through grants, contributions, and a community capital campaign.
WHEN: Two (2) years from the beginning of the capital campaign to the opening of the fixed-site location. It is expected to open in the Spring of 2022.
As the Regional Deacon for Frederick County, I am spearheading an effort to raise $25,000 over the next two years for this purpose. Our original goal was $10,000, but because of your generosity we have been able to increase that pledge to $25,000! I have signed a pledge for that amount in the name of the Episcopal Churches of Frederick County. We already have over $18,000 in donations and believe we have the resources to raise the other $7,000 over the next two years. This will also give us the opportunity to name the Registration Suite (instead of the laundry room) at the new shelter.
I ask you to prayerfully consider making a donation in this effort. Please make checks out to All Saints’ Episcopal Church with BEYOND SHELTER on the memo line. Mail checks to: Deacon Kathleen Smith-Jones, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 106 W. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701. If you would like to suggest a name for the Registration Suite, place a piece of paper in with your check with your suggestion. Thank you in advance for your generosity.