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. Next year, we will host Winter Relief the week of January 20, 2021 to January 27, 2021
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. 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.
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).