Last week I had the opportunity to tour the new Women and Children’s Interim Housing building at the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS). Toby Owen, the CEO, and I had recently reconnected at a community breakfast and he invited me to see the new building. FUMCFW made a commitment to the capital campaign to help construct the new building. Our church commitment is paid with second-mile gifts; no money from our operating budget is used for this commitment. This project was included in our Christmas Offering and in this year’s Easter Offering.
The new building will be open soon, and I’m sure you will hear more about it in news stories about Fort Worth as this is a big improvement of how we care for women and children who are homeless in our community. The building is a couple of blocks away from the current Presbyterian Night Shelter and won’t replace any of their existing buildings; these will be repurposed for other services that PNS offers.
All of this background is important because I wanted you to know why I’m so excited about this new building. It is beautiful in the utilitarian sense — not fancy — but very bright and colorful. Most of the rooms are filled with natural light, which is a big change from the homeless shelters built 30 – 40 years ago. The architects for PNS used durable but attractive materials to create a safe and inviting space for the women who need this shelter. There are play spaces for the children, a laundry for all to use, and a commercial kitchen to not only provide important meals but also to offer a learning/training facility for the guests.
Obviously I was impressed. For more information or to contribute to this project, please contact me at 817/339-5098 — I’d love to tell you more about it.
Director of Stewardship