A summary from January – March 2019
St Matthew’s hosted guests who would otherwise be sleeping rough each Sunday
night from January 6 th to March 31 st 2019. Up to 20 guests were allocated to 2
churches each night under the auspices of the Oxford Winter Night Shelter (OWNS).
There were usually 7-8 guests at St Matthew’s each week. Overall there was an
average of 16 guests per night in the 2 churches, with a total of 58 people benefitting
over the 3 months. Some guests moved into accommodation and/or employment
during the winter. There were no waiting lists for beds in the churches on any night
indicating that everyone who was eligible was offered accommodation through the
coldest months of the year.