Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (NRVS)
Humboldt All Faith Partnership and the Arcata Night Shelter
In early 2002, volunteers from local faith communities began meeting to explore establishing an emergency shelter for homeless persons in the area. When a one-time grant became available, the shelter was opened in December 2002.
Faith members include Arcata Presbyterian Church, Arcata United Methodist Church, Arcata Zen Center, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Temple Beth El, and Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
The mission of HAFP and Arcata Night Shelter is to provide temporary emergency shelter and hot meals to up to 15 individuals whose housing needs are currently unmet in Arcata and unincorporated Humboldt County. A safe, warm bed and a hot dinner and breakfast are provided in a homelike environment.
Daily application for a single night's stay is made at the Arcata Endeavor. Guests are transported to and from the shelter in the shelter van. Guests are required to refrain from using alcohol and drugs at the shelter.
Volunteers from our local faith communities prepare and deliver hot dinners every night to shelter guests. Meals consist of a main dish and side dish, and possibly fruit, dessert, and/or milk. Arcata Presbyterian Church provides dinners on the third and fifth Fridays.