LEWISTON, ME—Unity Bible Church of Lewiston is preparing to open a new homeless shelter for men. Renovations are just starting at the recently purchased Kelsey Building at 100 Pine Street, in Lewiston. Before purchasing the building, previously owned by Common Ties, the Lewiston City Council had to approve a “Change of Use” amendment which they did unanimously. The plans for the new shelter “Sheltered by Jesus L/A” will be modeled after the men’s shelter in Skowhegan, “Sheltered by Jesus.” Residents will be allowed to stay at the shelter during the day, not just overnight.
The building, still needs plumbing, electrical, roofing, and much more volunteer help before reaching it’s expected 40 bed capacity. As the need for homeless shelters keeps growing in the Lewiston area, the hopes of this 24 hour homeless shelter, will be to fill the need for local men both physically and spiritually with daily prayer meetings, Bible studies and worship.
Elder, and co-spokesman for “Sheltered by Jesus L/A” Michael Hansen says “Jesus calls His church to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked. When you do this for the least of these you do it for Him. Our desire is to see God glorified through providing the physical and spiritual needs of the men that come to the shelter. To give them hope ”.
Elder, and co-spokesman for “Sheltered by Jesus L/A” Hal Dean says “The Bible says “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.” James 4:8. In Luke Chapter 10 of the Bible Jesus asked who was a neighbor to a man in trouble and was told “the one who showed him mercy”. Then Jesus said “go and do likewise”. At Unity Bible Church we are attempting to heed the biblical call to show mercy and love to the many homeless men who are our neighbors in the area. Many are living in tents or abandon buildings during the winter, have little or no heat and minimal food. Some have to walk all night to keep from freezing. We want to give them shelter, hot meals, hope, life skills, encouragement and Bible teaching to help them get a new start in life. We want to support them physically, socially and spiritually so they will be able to support themselves and help others in turn. In short we desire to treat our homeless neighbors as we would like to be treated.”
With the hopes of having the shelter up and running before the snow flies in November “
Sheltered by Jesus L/A” will be counting on prayers and volunteers to help from the entire community.
For more information about volunteering and “Sheltered by Jesus L/A” you can contact us at [email protected]
35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’MATTHEW 25:35-40