Winter Shelter Receives VanKing County Councilmember Reagan Dunn presents a retired Metro VanPool van to POM, Mt Rainier Christian Center and the Winter Shelter program.Tuesday, April 5, 2016
A small crowd of Plateau Outreach Ministries and Winter Shelter volunteers and supporters welcomed King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn Tuesday morning, April 5, as he handed over the keys to a new van – well, new to the Winter Shelter program. Since 1996, King County organizations have benefitted from the second career of County retired vehicles. Mount Rainier Christian Center applied for the van to service the Winter Shelter program. The program will benefit greatly having a designated vehicle to transport guests from the POM sign-in each night to the evening's church. The van will be used by MRCC during non-shelter times to serve their outreach to the homeless and disadvantaged.
Winter Shelter is a coordinated effort between Plateau Outreach Ministries and ten area churches. The program just completed its third year, keeping our homeless neighbors in from the cold from December through February. This year’s Winter Shelter numbers were substantially lower with 511 bed-nights compared to 741 bed-nights last year. Nearly 100 percent of the bed-nights were to local individuals with ties to the Plateau.
We are thankfull for the churches and volunteers who make this program possible. And we thank King County and Councilmember Dunn for this gift to Winter Shelter! The official press release follows.