Dear Friends and Partners,
It’s impossible for me to walk through the Christmas season without reflecting on the roots of ANEW Place. As some of you may know, in 1982 a group of community members from local area churches had the idea of forming what was then Burlington Emergency Shelter because they believed God cared deeply about those on the fringe of our community who felt forgotten. I often tell our prospective guests how that faith still serves as a foundation for why we serve but it’s not a filter for who we serve: we believe every person matters period.
As I was recently reading the Christmas narrative from the Bible, I came across the familiar story found in Luke 2 of the shepherds being visited by a host of angels and was reminded how closely this parallels our calling at ANEW Place: