Each year the Denbigh Church of Christ has been involved in the PORT (People Offering Resources together) ministry to the homeless. This cooperative interfaith effort uses different church buildings in the Newport News area to house and feed homeless people during the winter months. For many years, Denbigh has helped to provide volunteers to serve at different site across the city in this program. Beginning in 2015, we have served as the church location for the homeless shelter at our building during Christmas week.
PORT Emergency Winter Shelter Program
PORT (People Offering Resources Together) is an emergency winter shelter that hosts an average of 100 individuals per night, for 20 weeks during the winter. The name of this program really explains it all: it’s a safe harbor, made possible by a network of 130 interfaith (Christian and non-Christian) groups that provide the facilities, volunteers, food, clothes and many other resources to homeless men, women and children in our area.
The shelter moves to a different church every week, and each night, there’s a new group of volunteers responsible for welcoming the guests and providing at least 2 meals (dinner and breakfast) per day. Each season, PORT counts with over 5,000 volunteers that get involved in planning, cooking, or distributing clothes and hygiene donations.