Sanctuary Housing exists to provide short-term shelter (from one night to a couple of months) to individuals and families in our community who are experiencing a temporary hardship or homelessness. To provide sanctuary is to provide safety and refuge. It is a privilege to be able to use our space in this manner.
One component of Sanctuary Housing is our partnership with the Women's Homeless Initiative (WHI). WHI is a consortium of congregations and ministries in the Capitol Hill neighborhood working together to offer a warm and safe place to sleep for women who are homeless. Every Sunday night, 20 women eat dinner at The Table and then are welcomed into the sanctuary at Open Door Fellowship where they spend the night. Overnight volunteers ensure a safe and welcoming environment for women and provide a refuge from the harsh street environment.
A second component of Sanctuary Housing is what we have formerly called Emergency Housing. During the months of the year when we do not have mission groups using our dorm space, we are able to use that space for individuals or families who need temporary shelter. This is provided at low or no cost and Sanctuary Housing residents are encouraged to get involved with other ministries of Open Door and attend church at Open Door Fellowship if they don't already. Our hope is to provide a broader community, coupled with a safe place to stay.