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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Snedden

Cold Winter Shelter reopening

We are pleased to announce that after a two year break, due to Covid, once again AHFEID is able to provide a cold weather shelter to protect and serve our unhoused neighbors. Thanks to the generosity of the Decatur First United Methodist Church, the shelter will be located in their gymnasium. It will be open on nights that are 35 degrees and below between November 15, 2022 and March 15, 2023. On the nights the shelter is open, 20-25 men, women, and children will be able to access a warm, safe place to sleep; a homemade, nutritious meal; and a shower. Won’t you please join us in welcoming our neighbors during the cold winter months? We are in the process of hiring shelter managers, but we also need volunteers who can play these roles:

  1. Serve a first shift from 6 pm to 9 pm, helping set up the shelter and greeting guests

  2. Make and/or serve dinner for 25

  3. Serve second shift from 8:45 pm to 6:30 am, sleeping overnight (with the shelter manager present) and setting up breakfast. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles, please respond to this email. A simple message such as “interested in volunteering” will suffice. We will place you on our volunteer mailing list and immediately send you more information about how to sign up for specific jobs. You will also need to complete a background check and a Safe Sanctuary Training. We will send you information about these as well. Thank you very much for considering how you can help keep our neighbors warm and safe during the coming winter. A Home For Everyone In DeKalb A Collaborative Initiative On Homelessness

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