The Lights Came On
We are still packed with people who are coming in out of the cold but now we are not having to expend so much energy and resources juggling people between two shelters. During the last two major power outages we have been lucky at the Men's Campus on Jefferson Street. Each time we never lost power at that location which allows us to use that kitchen to provide food for both shelters. People have told me that because the men's facility was formally a nursing home that it operates on a priority electrical grid. I am not sure the reason but it has been a blessing. The men's facility also has a backup generator that is wired into the building's mechanicals, just in case.
As we search for a new campus for our family and women one of our considerations is the availability of back up power. More often than not our services are critical and difficult to fully duplicate in other settings. We continue to ask God for direction in our decision making regarding a new campus.