Nov 22, 2022, Homeless March
We are more than just a Number! Gathering begins at Brewer Park, 4pm
WE ARE MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER represents the 254 people currently reported as homeless within Mason County. We aim to demonstrate what this population looks like from a human perspective rather than just a number reported on a page. This demonstration also represents the severity of the housing crisis Mason County is currently facing. As a result of little to no housing, homelessness has increased by 129% in the last two years. These numbers are projected to see another surge as eviction prevention funding and programs are no longer available. Waitlists for Crossroads Housing are extremely long and shelter space at Community Lifeline is very limited. The lack of affordable housing in our community is forcing people into homelessness including families with children, single adults, people with disabilities, individuals chronically ill, and our elderly population. We are demanding that this be made a priority by our City and County leaders and aim to promote that every community member has the right to safety, basic needs, and support for success in Mason County. Join us in our march through town beginning at Brewer Park and ending at the Civic Center to raise awareness and make a difference!
Nov 14, 2022 Sponsor a Christmas Package!
CHRISTMAS SPONSOR CARDS are available for distribution! If you would like to purchase a Christmas package for a homeless neighbor in Shelton, WA you can pick up a Sponsor Card at the Mason County Warming Center, 110 S. First ST. *Street parking only on Railroad Ave or Front St. Packages must be returned to the center on or before Dec. 11th. Days/hours for pick up and return: Tue, Wed, Thur 8am-12pm, Sun 1-4pm. If you have any questions you can call or text us at 360-358-3355.
Oct. 17, 2022 Praise Report
Praise God! Jodi has received housing! She & baby remain healthy and doing well! Thank you to all of the groups who have contributed towards her success in getting off the streets in Shelton, WA. Please keep this beautiful momma, her pregnancy, and her child on your prayer list!
09/12/2022 Praise Report
Aug. 31, 2022 Shelton's Observance of Overdose Awareness
Thank you to all of the individuals and families who allow us the privilege of walking alongside you in the midst of your fights with addiction. There is always hope! And we love you!
Aug. 29, 2022 Praise Report
Aug. 22, 2022 Volunteers Needed
WA rain and cold weather is quickly approaching! It’s time to begin preparing for our unsheltered neighbors who seek refuge a few hours each day at the Mason County Warming Center. Immediate volunteer openings are available!
The Mason County Warming Center volunteer shifts are from 8am-12pm or 8:30am-12:30pm on various days. Responsibilities include hospitality positions, food serving, closing, and clean-up. Training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 18yrs old, be able to pass drug/alcohol urinalyses (all expenses are paid by Crazy Love Ministries), and be ready to demonstrate consistent commitment in their desire to serve their neighbors.
Interested applicants can send a message to email@example.com
Aug 8, 2022 Mobile Resource Unit Coming soon!
We have a team in place and resources ready to fill a van for the Mobile Resource Unit. All that remains needed is a 15-passenger or larger van/bus! Please consider donating today or spreading the word that Crazy Love Ministries is currently looking for a second van! Our first van, donated by New Horizons Church of God in 2017, continues making the Shelton Street Feeds possible! Who’s got one to donate to our non-profit for the Mobile Resource Unit?!
Aug 8, 2022 New Service Coming Soon
Mobile Resource Unit
Taking Resources, Intervention, and Education Directly to the Distressed
Sending on a regular basis a group of community support individuals to the homeless camps and/or designated meet-up points for identified camps. To build relationships so when individuals are ready for change, they know they have a support team in place to walk through the required steps with them.
Providing Resources (Food & water, medical supplies, basic necessities)
and onsite services. Intervention: Case management and additional resource connections
Education: First aid/wound care, self-care, diet, hygiene, drug awareness.
July 19, 2022 Public Notice
It’s time for those receiving services and those providing services at the Mason County Warming Center to begin planning for the Center’s annual summer closure. This closure will not affect any of the Shelton Street Feeds. Extra food provisions will be provided at the feeds on July 29th & Aug 5th. The Center will resume on its regular business hours Aug. 9th. Please help spread the word!
4th of July Community BBQ
06/04/2022 Welcome New Board Directors
05/06/2022 5yr Street Feed
Go, God! SHELTON STREET FEED, tonight at 6pm! Join us for a Cinco De Mayo meal and to celebrate that God has made it possible for no Fri dinner to be missed since May 5, 2017! Despite rain, wind, snow, and Covid He’s not failed in showing up to care for those on our streets in Shelton, WA.
5yr Anniversary, 2022
Crazy Love Ministries is celebrating its 5yr Anniversary this week as a local non-profit that provides services to the homeless and those in need in Shelton, WA. Reminder, our sponsors and the public are welcome to visit the Mason County Warming Center*, 110 S. First St, May 03-05, between 8am-10am. We’d love to offer you a cup of coffee, donut, and tour of the center. *Street Parking only on Railroad or Front St.
Special Thanks to photographer, Laelann Scafe
Crazy Love Ministries 5yr Anniversary Announcement
It is so exciting for me to announce to you, Crazy Love Ministries is celebrating its 5yr anniversary of street outreach in Shelton, WA!
Our team, first hit the streets in Feb of 2017 handing out food so we could begin meeting Shelton’s homeless community. Then, on May 5, 2017, with the help of Crazy Faith Outreach, we launched the first Shelton Street Feed (community dinner) and the expansion of Crazy Love Ministries has continued ever since.
By Nov of 2017, we were hosting a second weekly meal of breakfast for the homeless at the Shelton Laundry Mat. This gathering also provided the attendees with laundry services and devotion time.
The opening of the Mason County Warming Center in 2020 increased the two weekly meals being offered through our ministry to six. The center provides indoor space with additional support services. Most importantly, the daily love and encouragement our homeless need!
The Shelton Street Feed is still going strong. Despite wind, rain, snow, and Covid, the feed has not failed to serve a Friday community dinner since May 5, 2017.
Accompanied with every meal we serve is the opportunity for those we feed to hear God’s word! Being able to sit, eat, and dig into God’s word with people I would have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for this ministry has completely changed my life.
Before signing the WA non-profit paperwork that required me as the founder of Crazy Love Ministries to be the Executive Director for five years, I remember thinking out loud, “Wow, Lord! Five years is such a long time.”
I hesitated on my initial commitment and I have hesitated on some of the many difficult decisions I’ve had to make since. Thankfully, God has surrounded me with amazing men and women (some of whom have come and gone) to serve beside me and to keep me encouraged. From the on-set, He has assured me that there will be a “we” who can do all things through Christ Jesus on this ministry assignment. What Crazy Love Ministries has achieved, has only been made successful due to the power of Jesus working through a team of highly devoted followers. Each of whom I am honored to know.
What I have enjoyed the most about participating in this ministry is the family God has created. Our family represents so many different backgrounds, financial and social statuses and yet we each have a place where we are accepted and where we witness His miracles together in each other’s lives. It is clear God has woven our stories together to grow and strengthen our faith in Him.
Despite the hours of self-sacrifice, the uncomfortable learning curves, and the heartaches and tears over those we’ve lost along the way, it has been a beautiful thing witnessing God bringing His plan together for Crazy Love Ministries and Him holding it together. I wouldn’t change a minute of it.
His plan has been successful, go figure! The servants for His Kingdom are multiplying and advancing from what started as a small vision for street ministry in Shelton, WA. Five years have quickly gone by and in joy, I will remain the course for as long as He warrants.
In His love, Wendy Petty
4/13/2022 Event Announcement
This Saturday April 16th, Easter movie afternoon at the Mason County Warming Center. Join us from approximately, 12pm-3pm to watch Passion of the Christ. All are welcome!
Lunch & snacks will be served. Regular services at the center will not be available during this time (laundry, clothing, showers, etc).
*Please note, due to violence and highly graphic scenes this movie is not suitable for young children or those needing to avoid this subject matter.
04/08/2022 God's Promise
03/27/2022 Public Invite
We invite all of Kevin Hendrickson’s family and friends to join us in celebrating his life with his Crazy Love Family. A BBQ meal with all of Kevin’s favorites will be served and we will end our time together with a moment of silence and lantern release at dark. Every day, Kevin will remain an inspiration for us to love well!
03/19/2022 Forever in our Hearts: Kevin Hendrickson
02/24/2022 POINT IN TIME is tomorrow!
02/21/2022 Sponsor Letter
On behalf of Crazy Love Ministries, I’d like to thank all of our 2021 sponsors! It is through so many giving and generous hearts that God was able to continue expanding the services offered through this ministry.
WHAT GOD DID IN 2021
With support from the City of Shelton and our volunteers, in January and Dec of 2021, the Mason County Warming Center was able to provide additional overnight shelter during extreme winter temperatures to our homeless neighbors. It operated on a 24-hour basis during the snowstorms. The center became much more than a place for people to be out of the cold. It became an epicenter for healing! Cases of trench foot were cured and sobriety was obtained. We witnessed similar things when the center became a cooling place during extreme summer temperatures.
God multiplied the services being offered at the center. By spring of last year, a public shower was installed. The single washer and dryer at the center increased to three by fall.
We celebrated many more victories in the lives of those we serviced in 2021! Six were baptized! Three at the center in the colder months and three in local lakes.
SOBRIETY FOR HIS GLORY STORIES featured in 2021: Nathan P, 3 years, Audrey W, 3 years, Justin C, 2 years, Mark W. 2 years, James B. 1 yr. 5 mo., Jared L, 2 mo.
Update on the veteran, Jeff, whose story we featured in Jan of 2020…. was previously residing behind the Warming Center in his vehicle and relocated to someone’s residential property so he could be provided with full use of a restroom and kitchen… he accomplished his goal in 2021, of upgrading to a travel trailer!
Jeff stopped in to share with us he successfully saved his stimulus money to purchase the trailer and is now renting RV space with full hook-ups on a working farm on Harstine Island. He was honorably discharged from the army due to medical/disability. VA benefits are helping him to pay his rental fees. He told us, ” I am grateful to the first person who was willing to help me with a safe place to park and allow me to use their home for necessities. However, I’m even more grateful to be fully away from the homeless lifestyle and all the problems that came with it. God is good!”
In October of 2021, we met a woman, named Tanya who had recently gone homeless due to a divorce that resulted in the loss of her home. Through the center’s networking with other local resource groups, she was able to establish temporary residency at the local overnight shelter, Community Lifeline. Less than two months later, she obtained employment with Taylor Shellfish! This job opportunity was listed on a weekly job posting at the center.
Tanya just last week came in to tell us, “I am still so overwhelmed by those at the Warming Center who helped in putting some of the pieces of my life back together again. The Christmas package I received here included everything I needed to begin my new job with confidence; new shoes, a new pair of clothes, even hair products, and perfume!”
As of today, Tanya is still residing at Community Lifeline. She is a single middle-aged, female who is looking for a room to rent, in a Christian home. She can currently afford $500 a month which is not enough for an apartment of her own. Tanya says she lives a very private, quiet life and spends most of her time at work. She has never used drugs or alcohol and is being considered for management with Taylor Shellfish.
We are continuing to walk alongside many who are transitioning in and out of inpatient and intensive outpatient programs. In 2021- it became a ministry goal to break the silence even more on addiction! On a regular basis, we emphasize that there is no shame in being homeless due to drug or alcohol addiction. Everyone is loved no matter what path they’ve ended up on and can be healed by the forgiveness and grace God offers through Jesus Christ.
God has built up our team members to vulnerably share their own testimonies and to deliver the good news of the gospel to those who have lost hope. He has also strengthened our relationships with other organizations in an effort to provide those we serve with quality care. Including, but not limited to Jim Coffin of Adonai who began helping with intensive case management services at the center in Aug, Gethsemane Ministries, Cross Roads Housing, Community Lifeline, NW Resources, and Royal Life.
To date, Crazy Love Ministries has remained standing faithful in our commitment to not receive any federal funding or major grant monies and to be fully staffed by only volunteers. We do this to ensure only God receives the glory for what He’s doing for those in need in Shelton, WA.
The 2021 average monthly contribution total was, $2,784.43 and the average monthly expenses total was, $2,765.39. In Nov of 2021, the ministry checking account hit the red for the first time in the history of this ministry, since 2017. However, God quadrupled our average monthly incoming contributions in December! What great encouragement this was to our team! Not only did this get our Shelton outreach off to a strong start this year, but also the Olympia Street Feeds which we began supporting in June.
WHAT IS COMING IN 2022
We don’t fully know! We have been inspired to write a governance handbook for another tier of clean and sober housing we feel our city needs, but we aren’t fully sure what God is going to do with it. What we do know- God is still on the move and His kingdom is advancing! As a team, our focus remains on continuing to pray, learn, give thanks, and rest in the work God is currently doing in the lives of those we have the privilege of serving. We must allow His Spirit to lead us.
We cannot thank you enough for your contributions and prayers- it is you; He is working through! Together, through our belief in Jesus Christ, all things are being made possible in the lives of our neighbors!
02/16/2022 Volunteer Recognition
Congratulations to, William Jensen, for being selected as Crazy Love Ministries 2021 Volunteer of the Year! William has faithfully served God by serving his homeless neighbors in Shelton, WA since May of 2018. Since the ministry’s onset in 2017, William and his dog Fran, have the most miles walked, taking resources and encouragement directly into the homeless camps. He humbly goes the distance to meet people right where they are at. An act that reminds people, you matter! Thank you, William Jensen, for being a demonstration of God’s love in action in our Shelton community!
02/11/2022 Sobriety for His Glory!
Morning Praise Report! Clean & Sober, 80 days! Halaluha! Another life God has saved from addiction and the streets of Shelton! The light of Jesus is brightly shining through, Rob King. And he’s on a mission to help others! This makes every minute of everything God has allowed us to do in this ministry worth it. Thank you Lord for not stopping short in your prusuit to save our brother!
01/21/2022 Sponsor Announcement
What an amazing 2021 we had serving Shelton’s homeless! Those who made contributions to our non-profit will receive their donation form in the mail next week. If you do not receive one, please be sure to contact us at, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-358-3355
12/31/2021 Thank You
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers at the Mason County Warming Center who took on extra shifts to keep the center open 24hr/day since Dec. 25th. It’s been a blessing to help our homeless neighbors be indoors during the extreme winter temps. We’d also like to thank the city of Shelton and Community Lifeline for partnering with us to make this possible for them! AND to our Sponsors who made the provisions in paper products and food possible to serve 100+ daily meals to our community x 7 days. Go God!
12/19/2021 Praise Report
Go God! Here’s a peak at the gifts pouring into the Mason County Warming Center. Special thanks to the congregation at First Baptist Church of Shelton and all of the private sponsors who are contributing towards this effort. The birth of Jesus marks the beginning of the greatest love story ever told! It’s important we demonstrate- God’s love forgets no one!
12/09/2021 Public Update
Crazy Love Ministries 2021 Annual Meeting
Crazy Love Ministries 2021 Annual Meeting is this Tues, Dec. 7th, 5:30 pm @ the Mason County Warming Center, 110 S. First St, Shelton, WA 98584, Our sponsors and the public are invited to attend! The Board of Directors will share the 2021 finances and ministry highlights, the 2022 vision and goals, and formally elect the position of Secretary, term Jan 2022-Dec 2023. Dan Bryan is running for reelection. No one else has expressed interest in this position, but it’s not too late. Letters of interest with bios can still be emailed to email@example.com
10/24/2021 Youth Outreach Day
We had an amazing time serving our Shelton Street Family along side the youth of First Baptist Church. Praying the light they shined into the community today, be everlasting!
10/18/2021 Sleeping Bag Distribution
09/20/2021 Sleeping Bag Drive
The Mason County Warming Center plans to launch its seasonal Sleeping Bag Exchange for Shelton’s homeless by mid-Oct. This program helps people stay replenished with sleeping bags during the cold months. A minimum of 80 new or gently used sleeping bags are needed for distribution to those participating in the program. Donations of sleeping bags can be dropped off directly at the center, 110 S. First St, Shelton, WA 98584 on Tues, Weds, Thurs, or Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Pick ups can also be arranged by calling, 360-358-3355.
08/28/2021 Clothing Program Update
08/02/2021 New Service Announcement
07/30/2021 Sobriety Congratulations!
Congratulations to James Burnett on hitting a milestone in his victory over addiction! James is one of our crew team members and acts as the Mason County Warming Center’s Ast. Building Director. It has been such an honor to serve our community along side him! Stay tuned, we will be featuring his, Sobriety for God’s Glory testimony soon.
07/28/2021 Sobriety Congratulations!
Belated congratulations to, Matt Crewse on his continued progress overcoming addiction! July 21st he sent this photo to the ministry, but our volunteers are currently on vacation rotations & we missed sharing it. Matt you are an inspiration to so many who are still on the streets of Shelton fighting their battles. We are so thankful you surrendered yours to the Lord and are giving Him the glory for your personal victory. Stay near to Him, He will never fail you!
We had a wonderful time celebrating Independence Day with the Shelton street family. On the grill: Hamburgers, Chicken, & Jalapeno smoked sausage! Thank you to our sister Rowena who also showed up with pulled pork sandwiches & slaw! A load of camping gear was given away and we ended the day with two baptisms.
06/29/2021 Thank You!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to serve our community during the heat wave that hit Shelton, WA June 26th-28th! It is because of your compassion that the Mason County Warming Center successfully provided an indoor cooling place and meals for some of our most at risk neighbors. Additionally, the abundance of food that came in made it possible for the center to be open all three days from 9am-6pm!
06/25/2021 Sobriety for His Glory!
06/20/2021 Public Update
Beginning the week of Mon, June 21st the Mason County Warming Center will be open on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm. Warming Center hours: Tue-Thur, Sat 9am-12pm & Sun 1-4pm
05/26/2021 Donations Needed
5/7/2021 Sobriety for His Glory!
4/27/2021 CLM Men's Retreat
03/15/2021 City of Shelton, Thank you!
01/19/2021 Annual Sponsor Letter
New Year's Eve 2020
Beautiful last day of 2020! We were blessed at the center with a visit from our sister, Audrey. Another mighty warrior living a life of sobriety! She has become an inspiration to all of us. Crazy Love is looking forward to what God has prepared for us in 2021.
Thank you again to everyone who sponsored Christmas gift packages this year and contributed towards our 4th year of Christmas giving in Shelton, WA! 38 personalized packages and an additional 33 men’s/women’s care packages were give out at the Mason County Warming Center. Additionally, everyone was blessed with a biscuits & gravy meal on the 24th and a ham & eggs meal on the 25th. Go God!
11/04/2020 Public Charity Night Invite
10/17/2020 Public Thank You
Thank you to Dutchess Donuts for partnering with the Mason County Warming Center! We encourage our local neighbors to make this place one of your regular daily/weekly stops. Not only does Dutchess have some amazing donuts, they have decided to share them with their homeless neighbors. This is what community and doing life together is all about!
09/04/2020 Public Update
08/31/2020 A Day of Celebration!
July 4th BBQ, 2020
12PM @ the Mason County Warming Center, 110 S First St, Shelton, WA 98584
In need of healthy relationships? A warm meal? Prayer? New gear for your current homeless situation or your make-shift shelter? Please join us at the Mason County Warming Center to celebrate Independence Day! We will enjoy a BBQ meal together and hold a camping-gear raffle for everyone in attendance. All are welcome! Mason County Warming Center’s covid-19 safety measures and the proper practice of social distancing will continue to be in place for this event.
05/06/2020 Thank you from, Executive Director Wendy Petty
Thank you to God and our sponsors, for enabling Crazy Love Ministries to be entering into its 4th year of outreach services to those in need in Shelton, WA!
Due to Covid19 restrictions Crazy Love Ministries wasn’t able to hold our annual public Cinco De Mayo Anniversary Street Feed this year, but there are still testimonies to be shared! Following is one of the many that reflects God’s glory and greatness.
Her name is Audrey! I first met her in March of 2017. It was the very first night a couple of us hit the streets in down town Shelton, WA to hand out food in effort to begin meeting those who made up the local Street Family.
Audrey was one of the first five people we served and met that evening. I remember the faces of those first five as though it was only yesterday. My first impression was that she was beautiful! And heavily burdened.
She pulled up on her bike. She was hesitant in receiving help from anyone to relieve her of some of the heavy bags dangling from her bike. I noticed how perfectly the bags were balancing her, indicating to me she’d grown very familiar to lugging bags around.
Out of respect for her hesitancy, we fell back and watched her handle her bags on her own. I was instantly able to recognize God had created her with a strong sense of determination.
Audrey reminded me so much of who I used to be; a young girl trying to balance the weights of life all on her own. I have never stopped praying for her. It took months for Audrey to begin trusting we were there for her and we expected nothing in return from her. Having the opportunity to simply know her and love her was all that mattered to us.
Once she finally started allowing us to help her It was not always easy to witness some of the things she was walking through. One of the most heart breaking, but trust building times in my relationship with God, was a night when I wrapped a blanket around her body as she laid resting in a cold parking lot…..
Our ministry team was not going to give up on her! I was not going to cease believing that the same God who had saved me would also save her! I desperately prayed over her that night for Him to care for her in the ways only He could. I had to trust He would. And He did!
Audrey will be celebrating two years of sobriety from methamphetamines on Jun 1st. God has restored her relationships with her children and family. She has an amazing new home!
As with me, Audrey’s willingness to finally hear God and learn from Him has led her to the love and rest He has always desired for her to know. She admits it still gets difficult, but I’m so thankful that she is experiencing true freedom.
Sadly, not every outreach story I’ve been a part of has ended in victory, according to what I consider victory to be. We’ve lost a couple of our Street Family members along the way. We remain trusting that God hasn’t lost hold of them, but it’s Audrey’s story along with many others that keep me encouraged to keep doing what Crazy Love Ministries is doing.
No one should ever be given up on! With Christ Jesus ALL things are possible!
05/01/2020 Street Family Update
The laundry room is finished at the Mason County Warming Center! Go God! More machines coming soon! Thank you to Shelton Laundry for 2 1/2 years of partnership to help provide our homeless community with clean clothing and bedding. This service will now be provided directly at the center. Lovingly dedicated in memory of Stan and Elma Hilberg whose support of Crazy Love Ministries is continuing to help God’s vision grow.