A pastor who pushed to build a new homeless shelter in Wisconsin after his community’s only one shuttered in 2018 received special mention for his work from the state’s governor, Tony Evers, this week in his 2020 State of the State address.
“I felt like it was something that I could do that my faith compelled me to do,” Rev. Dave Mowers, who is rector of Trinity Church in Baraboo, told 27 News.
Mowers is also the president of the board for the Baraboo Area Homeless Shelter, which is set to open in the spring after the completion of renovation work on the facility.
Last December when he gave community leaders a tour of the facility, he explained to WMTV that there were no homeless shelters in Baraboo or nearby Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. In the entire county, he also noted that there were no beds for men, only spaces for women and children.
“Jesus cares about those folks, so for me that’s been the only motivator that I needed. When it became clear this was a need, I said, ‘I can’t really say no to this because this was just so clearly what Christian people ought to be about,’” he said at the time.
Mowers was not immediately available for an interview when his church was contacted by The Christian Post on Thursday.
In highlighting the challenges faced by the state in his address Wednesday, Gov. Evers used the pastor’s work to highlight the issue of homelessness.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair