E-mail: winterrelief@rtbc.org
Phone: 410-798-4868
Ministry Leader: Roger Lynham

About Winter Relief

The Winter Relief Program (WRP) is an emergency shelter for the growing population of homeless men and women during the winter months. Riva Trace is one of over 65 churches across Anne Arundel County who participate in this program every year. The winter of 2019-2020 will be out 18th year to serve this ministry.  This year, we will host Winter Relief the week of January 20, 2020 to January 27, 2020.

During this week each winter, we transform our gym into a dormitory and dining room for these men and women; serving and reflecting the love of Christ to them.

Winter Relief is one of the most successful and rewarding programs we undertake at RTBC.  Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the program – day and night hosts, meal preparers, bus riders, help desk personnel, barbers, hair stylists, laundry help, game coordinators, set-up/break-down crew, clean-up crew, lunch packers, and various other opportunities are available to serve our guests.

A host of other volunteers provide an evening hot meal and a warm friendly environment to spend the cold winter nights. RTBC volunteers also conduct Bible studies, nurse consultation,  and join our guests playing checkers, chess, scrabble, and other table games. The next morning brings breakfast and a bag lunch.

The week-long program takes the commitment of dozens of church volunteers, and much prayer support. The blessings both given and received during this single week are felt and shared in a way only possible through allowing ourselves to be the hands and feet of Christ to “the least of these brothers” (Matthew 25:40).

If you would like to join your brothers and sisters in serving Christ in this way, please let us know by emailing us at winterrelief@rtbc.org.  If your schedule does not allow you to serve this year, you can still help by remembering us in your prayers and praying for the safety and hearts of our guests.