Recently individuals and organizations that are working diligently to seek a more permanent solution for the homeless of our community were relieved to hear that as a short-term intervention, the pieces of a temporarily cold weather shelter were nearing completion. However, a significant hurdle still exists before the shelter can open. The largest outstanding hurdle is securing a sufficient number of commitments from volunteers needed to staff the shelter especially during the overnight hours from January until the late March. The Friends Program has agreed to take on the role of project manager for the temporary winter shelter and is reaching out to the community for help.
On Monday, December 21, 6 PM, at St. Peter’s Church located at 135 N. State St., Friends Program Executive Director, Jerry Madden, will present information regarding how the shelter will operate; including policies, procedures and safeguards in addition to outlining numerous volunteer needs. The primary purpose of the meeting is to describe the expectations of volunteers and to emphasize that without sufficient volunteers the shelter will not open. All individuals wanting to learn how they may help are encouraged to please attend this informational session.
If you are interested in volunteering, but unable to attend this meeting, please email Greg Lessard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested volunteers who do not have easy access to email should leave a voice mail at 228-7600. In that voice mail, leave your name, phone number and the best time for a return call.
Friends Program, Executive Director