Project Description


Timothy Schmalz sculpting Sheltering in a ray of light

“Sheltering” is inspired by Isaiah 58 which states it is our spiritual duty to clothe the naked. The sculpture depicts a life-size figure being covered with a blanket by a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Sheltering with sunlight
Sheltering - close up sunlight and shadow
Pope Francis blessing the sculpture Sheltering

In 2022, Timothy Schmalz’s sculpture “Sheltering” received a Papal Blessing by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.

Sheltering sculpture outside St Peter's Basilica

In May 2024, Depaul USA—in partnership with Macon Housing Authority and In-Fill Housing—is opening the Central City Apartment Complex and Phil J. and Alice Sheridan Medical Respite in Macon, GA. Central City Apartments will provide 82 affordable apartments to Macon community members facing homelessness and housing insecurity. The Medical Respite will provide a recovery unit for those leaving Piedmont Hospital.

In honor, the statue, ‘Sheltering,’ will be unveiled and placed in front of Depaul USA’s Daybreak Day Resource Center—located directly next to Central City and the Respite. The unveiling and opening will occur on May 20th at 2pm.”

Depaul USA is a national homeless services nonprofit whose mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it. Depaul USA operates in 12 U.S. cities through a variety of services including day resource centers; case management; a free health clinic; medical respite; linkages to mental and physical health care; and affordable, transitional, and permanent housing.