The Sanctuary of Williams County is a local Christian mission to homeless people in our area. Why are there homeless people in this area? Families and individuals find themselves homeless due to marital separations, loss of income, eviction, fires and floods. The vast majority of individuals are served because of a domestic crisis.
While housed at the Sanctuary individuals are required to:
1) keep apartments clean
2) observe Christ's moral standards (no drugs, alcohol, pornography, fighting, cursing)
3) complete 5 job applications daily until work is secured
4) attend a Sunday worship service unless working.
Individuals are assisted in making a budget to save enough money for an apartment/house rental. There is no limit to the time individuals/families can stay but the goal is less than 45 days.The Sanctuary continues to reach capacity on a regular basis. For example, in 2007 alone the Sanctuary provided housing for 147 individuals constituting 109 family units. The average stay was 33.3 nights. The Sanctuary spent $13.33 per individual/night but there is no charge to those served. Concerned Christians, churches, companies, and the United Way meet the budget.This mission provides food, medical help, guidance, safe housing, and used furniture along with a practical demonstration of the love of God.
First Presbyterian Church of Bryan supports this local Christian mission financially and by collecting sheets, pillows, blankets, toiletry supplies and personal hygiene products for the residents.