There Is a Christian Shelter Called The Glory Hole

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Yes. Yes there is. This is the actual name of an emergency homeless shelter in Juneau, Alaska. From our good friends over at Christian Nightmares, via the Friendly Atheist and Romenesko:


I was so convinced that this was a joke that I phoned the Glory Hole, where I got an answering machine message informing me that it was, in fact, the Glory Hole. It's run by a group called Juneau Cooperative Christian Ministry, which I really feel is objectively a better name than the Glory Hole.

There's no news here. I just wanted you to know. I feel kind of bad about this. If you want to donate to the Glory Hole, you can do so here.

Update, March 11:

Today we received a very nice email from Mariya Lovishchuk, the executive director of the Glory Hole. With her permission, I am quoting it in full:

Hi Anna,

Nice mention of the Glory Hole shelter on Jezebel!

Our name is pretty interesting. The Glory Hole is a mining term and Juneau is an old mining town. The name change was considered on several occasions, due to the other meaning of the term Glory Hole :), but as you can see the name was never changed. We also thought that we could sell a bunch of t-shirts and capitalize on the name, but not much luck.

Thank you very much for including a donation link. I am not sure if anyone will or will not donate as a result, but wanted to point out that the link does not work and am wondering if it would be possible to link to our website instead:

We are currently working on building a 32 unit Housing First project for folks experiencing chronic homelessness so any additional funding would be a great help.

A previous version of this post misidentified the Glory Hole as a shelter for men only. Turns out the Glory Hole is for everyone. I regret the error.

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This reminds me of the time I met with a husband and wife right as the Tea Party was becoming a thing. The wife got this very smug smile and declared, "We're teabaggers." I tried to contain my laughter the best I could, "I'm sorry?" The husband said, like I was the idiot, "We don't believe in none of that government overreach. We're real big into teabagging, me and my wife." The wife added, "All of our friends are into teabagging, too!"

So many lols.