When temperatures hit record lows in our city and across the state this past weekend, we knew we had to continue to follow our call to care for our neighbors. Aware of the dangers of freezing temperatures, we teamed up with our community partners to secure a warm, safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. We found hotel rooms, provided transportation, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center opened its doors with lines of cots filling the rooms. We called upon our followers of social media to consider donating to the cause as the costs to keep the spaces running are high. Donations came flooding in overnight and throughout the weekend from all over, and we were blown away by the generosity of our supporters!
Our Meal Service Team hunkered down overnight at FPC Dallas’ building so they could remain close to The Stewpot kitchen without having to drive on icy roads. They stuck to their commitment to serve three hot meals a day to the hundreds of people staying at the center, even in the midst of off and on power outages. Throughout it all, they kept us informed on all the happenings through their Facebook Live updates and encouragements.
The rolling outages turned into hours without electricity and heat for millions of households across Texas. This unprecedented obstacle forced us to pivot, switching our planned virtual Ash Wednesday Service to Ash Saturday. That Wednesday, we chose to instead utilize our building as a Warming and Charging Center for families who could safely get to our campus.
Individuals from our team have been working tirelessly to process donations, answer phone calls, set up the convention center, safely drive our unsheltered friends, pray, cook, and spread the word about the important work we have been doing in our city. We are so thankful for everyone who has stepped up during this challenging time. Donations have been coming in from all over the world to support the work of The Stewpot and FPC Dallas. In the days ahead we don’t know what to expect, but we are committed to being flexible in the way we meet the needs of our neighbors
If you are interested in helping with these efforts, consider donating to The Stewpot at thestewpot.org. Make sure you put “cold weather shelter” in the comments section. Otherwise, you can find our many virtual volunteering opportunities at thestewpot.org/virtual-volunteering.