We are amazed and so very blessed that hundreds of people have contacted us for copies of our "How To Open A Shelter" kit. We are now working on putting the entire shelter kit online so it can be referenced by anyone, at anytime, without the wait to get the physical kit. Below you will find, as a work in progress, the entire contents of the How To Open A Shelter kit, with links to download pdf's of newsletters and other paperwork, and view media content.
This is a video we prepare each year and mail to special benefactors.
You will need to find an attorney to help you with your application for your tax exempt 501 c3 status. This status will help you obtain donations that your future benefactors can write off on their federal taxes, allow you to access grant money, and income and property tax exemptions.
Pray, Pray, Pray and ask God's Most Holy spirit to guide you as you begin this journey. He will walk with you every hour of the day if you but ask it of Him. Begin each of your planning sessions regarding your Shelter idea with friends or family members with a prayer. Keep asking God to guide you every step of the way. Be prepared for setbacks. These are normal. Two of my favorite prayers as I turned my own home into a shelter 33 years ago were: (1) Lord, Help me set my priorities. (2) Lord, please give me strength.