Home­less in­vited to take part in ‘My Fresh Start’

Show­ers avail­able to the home­less at Wal­dorf West Li­brary

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

Home­less in­di­vid­u­als are now be­ing of­fered a way to start their day with the “My Fresh Start” free shower pro­gram in Charles County. LifeStyles Inc. has part­nered with the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary to pro­vide shower fa­cil­i­ties once a month at the Wal­dorf West lo­ca­tion for per­sons who are cer­ti­fied home­less be­gin­ning Fri­day, May 19.

“I am ex­tremely ex­cited about

this part­ner­ship. The only way we can meet the needs of those who are home­less is to work to­gether and find non-tra­di­tional meth­ods,” said Sandy Wash­ing­ton,

ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of LifeStyles Inc.

“The li­brary ex­ists to serve the com­mu­nity,” said Janet Salazar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary Sys­tem. “We of­fer many dif­fer­ent pro­grams, ma­te­ri­als and ser­vices for our com­mu­nity to en­gage, dis­cover and learn. Of­fer­ing

show­ers to this seg­ment of our com­mu­nity is a con­tin­u­a­tion of our mission and ul­ti­mately our vision of con­nect­ing ev­ery­one to end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. Our part­ner­ship with LifeStyles has al­lowed us to help con­tinue the dis­cus­sion about home­less­ness in Charles County and to high­light the ways in

which the li­brary can help our com­mu­nity.”

Ev­ery third Fri­day of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon, home­less in­di­vid­u­als will be per­mit­ted to use the show­ers at Wal­dorf West Li­brary. The li­brary is closed to the pub­lic dur­ing that time, said Co­rae Young, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of LifeStyles.

“[Janet] Salazar has re­ally been a tremen­dous bless­ing here in the county and is a great as­set when it comes to hous­ing the home­less and want­ing to have the li­brary more en­gaged,” Young said. “For the Point-In-Time Sur­vey, we used the li­braries as an out­reach point to dis­trib­ute items to the home­less and com­plete the sur­veys, and let­ting our home­less clients use the shower at Wal­dorf West Li­brary. Later Salazar dis­cussed fur­ther how we can use the shower on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to ad­dress

FILE PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Co­rae Young, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of LifeStyles Inc. and Sandy Wash­ing­ton, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of LifeStyles, pre­pare for the Point In Time Sur­vey on Jan. 25.

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