A New Hope in Kent

Imagine being alone on the streets of your city at night. There’s no place to go and no place to sleep. Imagine not knowing where your next meal is going to come from and not knowing if you’ll spend the night unprotected from the elements and exposed with the few possessions you can carry with you.

Sadly, this is a reality for many individuals all over the Seattle area day in and day out; however, for women in Kent experiencing this, it is now a reality they can face with a little more peace and a little more hope.

A group of seven congregations in Kent from the KentHope network has come together to open an overnight shelter to go along with their already existing day shelter. The KentHope Overnight Shelter opened on April 1, and it will continue to run through the entire month of October. Each congregation is opening its facility for one month at a time to provide a rotating emergency shelter for up to 30 single women each night by offering accommodations, protection and, most importantly, hope.

The seven congregations hosting the shelter over the next seven months are: Kent Lutheran Church in April, accommodating 15 single women currently, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in May, New Beginning’s Christian Fellowship in June, Kent Covenant Church for the month of July, First Presbyterian Church of Kent in August, Kent United Methodist Church in September and Lutheran Church of the Cross is taking the month of October.

The overnight shelter opened in order to fill the gap in overnight care for women in the spring and summer months since the Catholic Community Services shelter only operates from November to March. The shelter’s hours are from 8:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each night of the week, and each congregation is providing the facility with KentHOPE volunteers providing support both in the evening and the morning.

This shelter is an answered prayer to the community of Kent, but please continue to join us in keeping both the KentHOPE Overnight Shelter and the KentHOPE Day Center in your prayers. It is our hope that God would move in the lives and hearts of the guests there, and that they would see Jesus in each act of love. If you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information about the shelter in Kent, you can go through KentHope’s website.

When Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6, He begins His prayer with “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. . .” Just as Jesus wanted to see His Father’s name glorified and “hallowed,” we want to see our Father’s Name made holy in our communities in order to see hope come forth. The beginning of true hope is true prayer. Where and who do you see in your community in need of hope, and how can you apply that to prayer today?

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