The season for Winter Nights ended May 4th. Thanks to all who helped in any way.

photo 2The season for Winter Nights ended May 4th.  Fifteen congregations hosted Winter Nights homeless families, each for two weeks with another 20 helping to feed the 18 families, including 35 children.  We are very thankful for the congregations who supported Winter Nights with their social halls, food, volunteers and donations of supplies, gift cards and money.  The program ran smoothly under the supervision of Bill Shaw, our program manager, and his capable staff.  The Traveling Tutors made a big difference in the education of the students, helping with homework and providing a reading incentive program.  We hope to organize a similar group next year that will be able to help adults meet goals for money management and finding housing and jobs.   More than half of our clients found housing, but several are still on shelter waiting lists or are looking for a place to live.  This year has been particularly difficult because of the tight rental market in the Bay Area.  We are looking to replace our 15-passenger van which has had some mechanical difficulties this year.  Financially we have been blessed, ending this year with enough money to feel secure that we will be able to manage next year’s expenses.  A big ‘thank you’ to all who help to make Winter Nights a success.