Warming – Souls: Catholic diocese of Wichita will house homeless men as part of inter-denominational program
The weather outside – like the song says – may be frightful but volunteers from Catholic parishes and Interfaith Ministries are making sure the homeless have a delightful place to sleep this winter from Feb. 15 through March 7.
Dan Weyant, interim director of the Respect Life and Social Justice Office for the Diocese of Wichita, said the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and other churches in the downtown Wichita area are providing shelter this winter for the homeless men as part of the city- wide interdenominational Warming Souls program.
“There are more homeless than can be placed in the current shelters,” he said, “so the Diocese of Wichita is going to house these individuals for three weeks. Other denominations within the city have been taking their turns doing this since the first of October.”
Weyant is estimating that 110 to 130 men will seek shelter in the Cathedral gymnasium, depending upon how bad the weather is. Homeless women and children in need are being directed to another, separate shelter. More here and in the printed Advance.