Bill Barksdale religion column: A clean, fresh start – How showers impact the unsheltered

In the heart of downtown Helena, a beacon of hope shines every Tuesday morning at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 

 Rev. Bill Barksdale

Bill Barksdale

The Tuesday Shower Ministry, a collaborative effort between United Way, St. Paul’s UMC and Good Samaritan Ministries stands as a testament to the power of community support and compassion for those experiencing homelessness. 

From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., individuals in need can access showers at the church, located on the corner of Cruse and Lawrence streets, downtown Helena.

No identification is required, clients sign in and are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Numbers vary, but usually 15-20 individuals receive showers each week. On cold winter mornings they shuffle in from the elements and are greeted with a hot coffee or tea.

This initiative, supported by various community partners, offers more than just a shower; it provides a moment of dignity and connection for those often marginalized.

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