Win­ter care for home­less at Shalom a true team ef­fort

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - Gerry van der Wal Shalom House co-or­di­na­tor

Shalom Cri­sis Ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less men in Al­bany will be clos­ing its doors for night-time ac­com­mo­da­tion on Oc­to­ber 13.

This past win­ter we have pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion to 40 sep­a­rate clients whose stay with us ranged from a day to sev­eral weeks. Most of the night su­per­vi­sors do this in a vol­un­tary ca­pac­ity from 5:30pm un­til 8am. This is truly ap­pre­ci­ated as they give up their com­fort­able bed at home to su­per­vise and keep the peace with a group of men who can some­times present them with con­fronting sit­u­a­tions. A big vote of thanks also goes to the con­trib­u­tors of food and cloth­ing.

We will still be open as a drop-in cen­tre all year on Tues­days and Wed­nes­days, 10am-2pm for an em­pa­thetic ear, re­fer­rals to lo­cal ser­vice providers, laun­dry and shower fa­cil­i­ties, clothes and a meal. So drop in for a chat.

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