Since the Rebele Family Shelter opened its doors in the spring of 2005, the four bedrooms supported by our church have welcomed and protected many mothers and their children. The children have been newborn to age 15. When a mother and newborn come into the shelter, it is directly from the hospital. This has got to be a very scary time for a new mother! An even scarier time for a mother would be having a child and no home, no safety. Our church helps to support these women and children on their way to a better, safer future.
To read about the history and philosophy of homeless programs in Santa Cruz, see the book The Quality of Mercy.