In a two story building just outside the shadow of the new Twins Stadium, 125 men wake up every morning on mats on the main floor of Secure Waiting. They were served an evening meal, will be given something for breakfast and have the opportunity to shower before going on their way in the morning.
Upstairs, another 125 men wake up in bunks which they rent for $6 per night. They store their belongings in lockers and head out to work or school. The $6 investment adds up quickly and goes further than that bunk and that locker, though. The fabulous leadership team at Secure Waiting keeps the money on account. When someone is ready to move on to more permanent housing, the total amount he invested is available to use toward a damage deposit and other housing expenses.
Secure Waiting serves men who have little or no resources. And it’s not a small group. According to Robert Elfstrand, Senior Leadership Giving Officer for Catholic Charities, which operates this program, Secure Waiting served 3,500 different men last year alone. These men had a place to call home, a place to sleep and a place to dress and shave in the morning.