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I! e .i 5~"FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 Cape Gazette Volunteers needed to assist Cape Region's homeless Few can imagine what it is like to have to sleep wherever a place to fall asleep can be found. Even fewer would want to imagine what it would be like to sleep outside, or in an unheated dwelling in the cold and snow of winter. Epworth United Methodist Church's the Rev. Vicky Starnes, senior pastor, said, "These conditions are the reality right herb in the Rehoboth Beach area. On any given night, there are from 15 to 35 individuals and/or families that live in their vans, cars, or worse yet, in the street." Starnes said people must do more than simply imagine these conditions. "We are called to step up and say, 'No one should endure these condltions,' and take action to offer an alternative in the coldest months of winter," she said. Local Rehoboth Beach and Le ,es churches are working together to offer Immanuel Shelter for the homeless this winter, she said. "Please join the dedicated volunteers of the Immanuel Shelter as often as you are able this winter season as they endeavor to feed and to provide shelter to our brothers and sisters from the harsh winds, rain and snow," Starnes said. The Immanuel Shelter will open at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, with check-in every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. from January through April. Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m and breakfast will be served the following morning before cheek-out at 6:30 a.m. The shelter is a volunteer- based effort supported by local Rehoboth Beach and Lewes churches and staffed by members of the community at large from various denominations and backgrounds who make a commitment to serve 2.5 hours several times over the winter season. Founded in 2010 as a winter shelter, Immanuel Shelter has . served more than 55 individuals since its inception. Local housing and economic trending as well as population analysis predict the shelter could serve up to 70 individuals this winter alone. The shelter is actively looking for volunteers who feel the compassion to help those in desperate need by giving three hours a month, or those who can work in the kitchen, one weekend a month. There is also a need for those who can contribute to the shelter's budget to house, feed and protect the most vulnerable. For more information, the Immanuel Shelter can be reached at 302-227-7743. De Raynes, left, and Nan Ruhl wheel toiletries for showers. INTAKE AT THE Immanuel Shelter at Epworth Church begins Trump, who check bags and explain the rules of the shelter. out the provisions for the evening, including blow-up beds and DENY HOWETH PHOTOS with volunteers (I-r) Nan Ruhl, Sue Spencer and Patti Marcia Dean is part of the cook crew at Epworth UM Church, volunteers who start early in the day to pro- vide a home-cooked meal to the shelter recipients. dward Kaplan, Brandeis scholar, to give Jan, 7 lecture on interfaith.understanding ST GEORGE'S OPENS NEW THRIFT SHOP INMILLSBORO Edward K., Kaiserman charge. professor in the humanities at Kaplan's lecture will focus on Brandeis University, will be the the rich personal and intellectual fe0tured speaker at the January friendship between Merton and meeting of the Thomas Merton Heschel. A discussion will follow Society Interfaith Chapter of Kaplan'saddress. Southern Delaware. In spring 2012, Kaplan taught Kaplan is a leading expert on a seminar on Heschel and Mer- the interfaith work of Thomas ton at the Pontifical Gregorian Merton, the ground-breaking University in Rome. A decade Trappist monk, and Abraham earlier, he organized and chaired Joshua Heschel, the world-re- the Merton and Judaism confer- nowned Judaism scholar. The ence held at Adath Jeshurun meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m Synagogue in Louisville, Ky. He Tuesday, Jan. 7, at St Edmond is a frequent speaker and writer Catholic Church's Education on interfaith understanding and Hall, 407 King Charles Ave Re- dialogue at meetings and in pub- ho'both Beach. The program is lications of the International open to the community at no Thomas Merton Society. BETTY FLEMING PHOTO ST. GEORGE'S CHAPEL opened the doors of its new Millsboro Thrift Shop on Black Friday to shoppers who lined up even before the shop opened and kept volunteers busy all day. . Shown outside the shop are (I-r) Dan Slagle, assistant manager; Dorsey Johnson, volunteer acting manager; the Rev. Lara Stroud, assistant rector, All Saints' Parish; volunteer Liz Dixon; Richard Faull, manager, All Saints' Thrift Shop in Rehoboth Beach; and the Rev, Max Wolf, parish rector. Both the Millsboro branch and the Rehoboth Beach store are led by staff and volunteers of the Episcopal Parish of All Saints' Church in Rehoboth Beach and SL George's Chapel in Harbeson. More volunteers, especially Span- ish-speaking volunteers, are needed. The phone number for the Millsboro shop is 302-945-5455. The shop is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p,m