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The Men’s Warming Center started 12 years ago in the winter of 2007 as a seasonal warming center for homeless men to find a warm meal and a safe place to sleep each night. Originally established through a partnership with the Salvation Army, United Way of York County, and the City of Rock Hill, the warming center gained a permanent home in 2009 at Bethel United Methodist Church, where it remains today.
As the need for homelessness services continued to grow in the tricounty area (York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties), the Bethel Men's Warming Center began sheltering more and more men each season. Because of this tremendous need and the commitment of Bethel, its partners, and passionate community members, in April of 2019, rather than closing its doors as it does at the end of each warming season, the Bethel Men’s Warming Center remained open and officially became the Bethel Men’s Shelter, the first and only year-round emergency shelter in the tricounty area.
Now a permanent shelter for homeless men, Bethel Men’s Shelter continues to offer all clients a warm meal and a safe place to sleep each night, but has also expanded its services to include case management for all men. An on-site social worker conducts intakes and assessments with all men, and offers them a number of services and resources.
Bethel Men’s Shelter is made possible through the efforts of Bethel United Methodist Church, its community partners, and dedicated community members. In fact, hundreds of volunteers are involved in making sure that the men’s shelter is successfully helping those in need. Volunteers at the shelter can take on a variety of different roles including preparing and serving meals, checking in guests, laundering bath towels and bedding, and interacting with the shelter guests.
Over the past 12 years, the Bethel Men’s Shelter has made a significant impact on those who it has served and those it continues to serve. Simply ask the man who was able to get back on his feet and now returns to the shelter at Bethel, not to use a bed, but to clean the very facility he stayed, in order to help give back. Ask the man who now has a small but devoted network of people in the community who help care for him and his beloved dog year round. There are countless stories of men who have made tremendous strides in their lives because of Bethel Men’s Shelter. These success stories, many of which are unknown and untold, are immeasurable in value.
As we have transitioned to a year-round model, our monetary needs to ensure that the shelter remains fully operational have increased. As such, we are extremely grateful for all monetary donations! You may make a gift online here or write a check to Bethel UMC (mailing address 1232 Curtis Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730). Please designate the check to the Bethel Men’s Shelter in the Memo Line.
Men’s t-shirts in black, white, or light colors (Sizes: L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) – No solid red or blue
Men’s boxers (Sizes: M, L, XL, 2XL)
Lightweight bath towels
*ATTENTION: The Bethel Men’s Shelter only accepts clothing donations listed above. We collect clothing for emergencies only (i.e. if someone shows up wet or without appropriate clothing we will have something to keep them warm for the night). For all other clothing, we are referring our guests to Renew Our Community.
Prepare and Serve Meals
One of the most essential ways volunteers can assist Bethel is by preparing and serving a meal to guests entering the shelter each night. The preparation and serving of a warm meal each night at the shelter is entirely volunteer-driven and would be impossible without those willing to step up and give back. Over the past 12 years, hundreds of groups, families, churches, businesses, and civic organizations have signed up to carry out this essential task. If you are interested in being a meal volunteer, please follow the link below to sign up.
Check In Guests
Bethel Men’s Shelter checks in all guests upon entry into the shelter. Check-in is usually conducted by a case manager and/or intake specialist. Volunteers in this role assist staff persons in accomplishing this task.
Launder Bath Towels and Bedding
Bath towels used by guests for showers and bedding on all beds need to be laundered at least once weekly. Volunteers in this role pick up these items from the shelter, launder them, and return them to the shelter in a timely manner.
Interact with Guests During Mealtime
Volunteers in this role arrive at the shelter during mealtime hours (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) and break bread and have conversations with guests at the shelter. Although a simple task, this can be extremely beneficial to shelter guests both emotionally and spiritually.
Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities!
We thank you so much for your dedication to this ministry - whether it is through direct volunteering, spreading the word, prayer, or monetary donations. This ministry would not be possible without each of you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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