Henderson Men’s Shelter Prepares to Kick Off 2019-2020 Season

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-Information courtesy Community Partners of Hope

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 6 p.m. volunteers and staff of the Henderson Men’s Shelter will gather in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church for a brief review and a service of prayer to kick off the 2019-2020 shelter season.

The shelter serves homeless men in the basement of the church from November – March and will officially open for the season on Friday, November 1.

Shelter Cleanup Day

A group will work in the shelter on Tuesday, October 15 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Work involves dusting, sweeping, mopping, folding, stacking, washing and organizing.

Please call Jane at (252) 432-9494 or email [email protected] if you would like to help.

Staff

Changes have been made to the staffing schedule for the new season.

Darryl Jones will be the manager on duty every weeknight during the welcome shift. A volunteer is still needed to work with him to assist with check-in and interact with the men.

Josh Stokes will be the weekend welcome shift supervisor (5 – 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.) A volunteer is still needed to work with him on Saturday and Sunday.

Some regular staff (mostly volunteer) will have primary responsibility for the overnight shift, but volunteers are still needed so that there are always two supervisors on duty.

Shifts Needed

Meals are needed every night of the week, but several groups have already signed up – some claiming several evenings for each of the five months.

Welcome Shift (5 – 10 p.m.) – Mostly need Sunday through Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Most Thursdays and Fridays are already covered.

Overnight Shift – (9 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.) Mostly need Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays are mostly covered.

Funding

Per the shelter, “although we try to be extremely frugal, we have ongoing monthly costs for utilities and repairs at Hope House, supplies, insurance, etc. We are still considering a more permanent location for the shelter, but we can’t move forward without significant cash donations. We would also like to be able to pay a few more of the overnight staff.

The Hope House roof will be repaired in January and we have some of the funds needed for that but still need to find more. Huge thanks to Certainteed Roofing for providing the shingles and to Lowes Home Improvement for providing building materials at a significant discount!”

Donations

All contributions are tax deductible.

Checks may be sent to:

Community Partners of Hope, Inc, P.O. Box 1791, Henderson, NC 27536

Supplies Needed

Disposable razors

Tall kitchen trash bags (13-gallon size)

Laundry detergent

Pine-sol type cleaner – gallon containers

Instant Grits

Crackers and nabs

Cup of Noodles (with cup)

Instant Hot Cocoa

New clothing in plastic wrappers only. (Please take used clothing to a thrift store)

Men’s undergarments (all sizes)

Men’s waterproof gloves

Men’s sweatshirts (Sizes L, XL, XXL)

Men’s thermal sets (Sizes L, XL, XXL)

White tube socks

Not Needed:

Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, instant oatmeal, deodorant, dress socks and coffee mugs.

NOTE: Please do not drop off donations at the shelter unless you have made arrangements to do so as space is limited and many items are stored offsite.

If you have donations of used blankets, coats, clothing, etc, please take them to the Community Workforce Solutions Thrift Store located at 602 S Garnett Street in Henderson.

To Volunteer:

Contact Jane King, volunteer coordinator, at 252-432-9494.

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