Shelter in Place

Finding shelter in familiar places...and some that aren't.

Hosted ByChristine Poarch & Alan Combs

Shelter in Place a podcast about seeking shelter in places that are familiar and places that aren’t. For us, it has helped to talk through the anxiety and uncertainty of things like the current pandemic. It’s clarified some things, and confused others. Together, we want to explore the places and spaces where we find shelter. Shelter in Place is brought to you by our very own Soul Group Media.


All Episodes

011: The Class of 2020

This week Alan and Christine talk with Emma Painter and Christian Crawley, two highs school seniors, to hear about what it has been like for them to graduate high school in the midst of a pandemic. The nonprofits they lifted up are the RAM House ( and Mrs. Dorsey’s Clothes Closet

010: Beautiful Questions

This week Christine and Alan talk with Ruthie Lerato, an ER Nurse in Northern Pennsylvania, about her experiences working in a rural hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

009: Cautious Reopening

May 18. In this week’s episode, Alan and Christine talk with Master Licensed Aesthetician Daniella Tsamouras about how the pandemic has affected her MedSpa, Spa310, and what steps she is taking to prepare to cautiously reopen as the Governor of Virginia is about to allow many businesses to re-open with restrictions on May 15.

008: Bless You, I Won’t Do What You Tell Me

Christine and Alan talk with the Rev. Dr. Amy Laura Hall about the challenges and potential inequalities of distance teaching, media narratives of us vs. them, astroturfing in reopen America protests, and how the medieval mystic Julian of Norwich can help us think about our life together during this time. Dr. Hall’s nonprofit that she lifted up is the ACLU, which you can donate to/join at

007: Virtual Insanity

Joey and Alan talk this week with the Dave Messinger, Chief Technical Office of Topcoder, about the gifts and challenges of technology and the gig economy during the time of COVID-19, tips for maintaining a work/life balance while working from home, and Zoom fatigue.

006: Faith in the time of COVID

This week Joey Poarch comes out from behind the producer’s booth to join Alan for an interview with Rev. Taylor Mertins, thirty something pastor, podcast host of Crackers N’ Grapejuice and Strangely Warmed, and fan of parables. Joey, Alan, and Taylor about what it looks like to engage in ministry in the midst of a pandemic.

005: School’s out for summer, School’s out forever?

April 20. Christine and Alan talk with two college students, Annalese Galleo and Wells Carson, about their experience of being sent home from college because of the pandemic, what it’s like to transition to college online, the potential inequities that creates, and how they are faring sheltering at home with their families.

004: Ah Ah Ah Ah Staying Alive

April 13. Alan & Christine talk to Hospital Chaplain Carly Sawyer about her experiences as being part of a hospital staff preparing for and dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

003: The Real Blue Apron

April 6. Christine & Alan talk to Chef Scott Switzer about how the restaurant industry is managing risk and navigating changes to accommodate stay-at-home mandates.