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Facts About the Biggest Ever Cold Weather Shelter Season (2016)

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  1. Overnight shelter was provided between November 26, 2015 and April 15, 2016. 163 different individuals received
    3,873 bed-nights of shelter during this time – 865 more bed-nights of shelter than the previous season!

    • 112 of the shelter guests were male, 51 were female
    • 6, or 4%, were under the age of 18
    • 24, or 15%, were between the ages of 18 and 24
    • 72, or 45%, were between the ages of 25 and 40
    • 60, or 36%, were over the age of 41
    • 12 guests were veterans
    • 145 of our guests, or 89%, had an income of less than $10,000 annually
  2. A “Healthy Feet Program” for our shelter guests was offered one night a week, thanks to the wonderful donations received of warm socks, medicated foot powder, Epsom salts for foot soaks and winter footwear. We had a wonderful volunteer, an RN, who was in charge of the foot soaks, massages, bandaging and nail care. She was a very popular volunteer! 40 of our guests made use of this vitally important service 124 times over the course of the season. And, 786 pairs of socks were distributed!
  3. Many hundreds of items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, razors, shaving cream, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, jeans, shirts, hoodies and boots that were donated by this very generous community were then distributed to benefit the Shelter guests.
  4. Staff assistance was provided to fill in applications for new services. As a result 4 people received food stamps, 3 were signed up for Medicaid, 2 received a Safe-Link phone, 6 have moved into permanent housing, and many dozens of people were referred to available services at other agencies.
  5. Over 75 people volunteered at the Cold Weather Shelter this last winter: doing Intake in 3 – 4 hour shifts, staying awake overnight 8 -10 hours a night, doing endless laundry and cleaning – Total Shelter Volunteer hours this season = 4,255!

November 26, 2015 to April 15, 2016

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