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SHALOM

First Baptist Church of Middletown, Ohio, participates in SHALOM (Serving the Homeless with Alternate Lodging Of Middletown), a network of 15 local churches that provide meals and shelter for homeless men, women & children in Middletown. From November through March, churches host guests on a rotating schedule for a period of 1 week. Explore the links below to learn more about this ministry:

FBC hosting schedule
Services provided for guests
Role of FBC volunteers
2017 Hosting recap
Volunteer, learn more


FBC hosting schedule

For the 2017-18 SHALOM schedule, FBC hosted guests the week of Dec. 10, 2017. The complete 2017-18 schedule is available on the SHALOM website. The 2018-19 schedule will be available in fall 2018.

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Services provided for guests

When guests stay at FBC, they are served dinner and breakfast, and are provided with shower and laundry facilities, socializing opportunities and a safe and warm place to sleep. Each guest also received an afghan from FBC, along with a Bible to each person who expresses a desire to have one.

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Role of FBC volunteers

Volunteers from First Baptist sign up ahead of the church's hosting week to help ensure someone from the church is present at all times - from the guests' arrival in the evening to their departure in the morning.

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2017 Hosting recap

During FBC's hosting week in 2017, more than 50 volunteers drove, chaperoned, fed and provided supplies for 20-plus guests.

The guests were almost evenly divided between men and women. Two families of two children each were also among our guests (women and families with children are becoming a high percentage of those that are homeless.)

Temperatures plummeted during the week (average high of 39/average low of 18), and FBC volunteers stepped up to keep the guests until 7:30 a.m. so they would not be out on the streets in the dark and the children would be on their way to school. FBC volunteers were also able to do laundry for the families at the church so the children did not have to get up and out to do laundry at 6 a.m.

With the challenges these guests face and those we faced as we attempted to serve, God’s presence was evident. This is the real, down-to-earth mission work of spreading God's love and the message of the grace of Christ that we are called to do.

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Volunteer, learn more

To volunteer for SHALOM at FBC, or to learn more about the church's involvement with the program, contact the church office.

To learn more about SHALOM, visit their website >>.

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