Mayor Allen Joines is asking city residents to volunteer at the emergency overflow shelter at First Baptist Church on Fifth Street during cold winter nights.
The shelter opens when overnight temperatures fall below 45 to take in the homeless who cannot be accommodated at the Samaritan Inn, the Bethesda Center and other homeless shelters.
Six volunteers are needed to operate the overflow shelter each night. Volunteers serve from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. and assist with check-in, assigning mats and monitoring the guests. Volunteers work in shifts and are able to get a partial night’s sleep. The overflow shelter will be operated through March 31.
Joines said, "Our community is fortunate that Advocacy for the Poor organized the emergency overflow shelter and grateful to First Baptist Church for housing the shelter. I urge all city residents to support this initiative by helping staff the shelter. With six volunteers needed each night, this is a great opportunity for church groups, civic clubs and community organizations."
Residents interested in volunteering should contact Jordan Jones by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those without e-mail can call Advocacy for the Poor at 725-6155 or the Mayor’s Office at 727-2058. For more information about the emergency overflow shelter, contact Ginny Britt at Advocacy for the Poor at 725-6155 or email@example.com.