Brunswick County has its first homeless shelter network, thanks to a growing group of churches that have banded together in the area.
Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values reports that four local churches are now members of Brunswick County Streetreach Incorporated. They’re providing shelter and food to the homeless this winter.
Donna Phelps of Building Hope Ministries in Supply founded the group in December. She wants to care for the county’s homeless population during the coldest months of the year, November through February.
Brunswick County Streetreach is similar to the Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network. Churches sign up to house and feed the homeless for a week at a time in their fellowship halls or multipurpose buildings.
This week, Generations Church in Southport has the watch. Shelter volunteers say homelessness in Brunswick County is less visible than in more urban communities because of the many wooded places where the homeless can go to camp.