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Some Facts About the Recent Cold Weather Shelter Season (2015)

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  1. Overnight shelter was provided between December 1, 2014 and April 15, 2015. 152 unique individuals received 3,008 bed-nights of shelter during that time. 107 of those guests were male, 45 were female, 6 were under the age of 13, and 9 were veterans. 128 of our guests, 84%, had an income of less than $10,000 annually.
  2. A “Healthy Feet Program” for our shelter guests was offered one night a week, due to the plentiful donations received of warm socks, medicated foot powder, Epsom salts for foot soaks and winter footwear. Thanks to a wonderful volunteer, RN Lisa Clouet, foot soaks, massages, bandaging and nail care were provided with a smile. She was a very popular volunteer! 36 of our guests made use of this vitally important service 97 times over the course of the season. And, 742 pairs of socks were distributed!
  3. Hundreds of coats, hats, scarves, gloves, other warm clothing, hand and foot warmers and personal care items were donated, which greatly benefited our Shelter guests, by keeping them as toasty as possible while facing the elements.
  4. Staff assistance was provided to fill in applications for many services. As a result 15 people received food stamps, 7 were signed up for Medicaid, 6 received a Safe-Link phone, 4 have moved into permanent housing with 2 more about to move in, and 67 people were referred to other agencies.
  5. Over 115 people volunteered at the Cold Weather Shelter this last winter – doing Intake in 3 hour shifts, staying Awake Overnight 8 hours a night, doing endless laundry and cleaning – Total Shelter volunteer hours = 3,217!

January 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015

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