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Volunteers are needed at shelter

January 02, 1998

Volunteers are needed at shelter

The Cold Weather Shelter, which is serving nearly twice as many homeless people this year than last winter, needs volunteers, officials said.

Terri Baker, a representative of REACH Inc., which runs the shelter, said the shelter especially needs volunteers to work from 11:45 p.m. to 7 a.m.

"We're having a hard time staffing the late shift," she said.

While a paid security guard mans the shelter, Baker said officials would like to have volunteers there, as well.

Baker said the shelter has served an average of 18 people per night this year, up from 12 last year. As word of the shelter has spread, Baker said the number of guests has risen to about 25 or 26 in recent weeks.

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Officials will hold a volunteer orientation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 14 at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

In its second year, the Cold Weather Shelter is supported by Hagerstown's downtown congregations. It is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week.

The location of the shelter rotates among various churches in the downtown area. It will be at St. John's Lutheran Church on South Potomac Street until Jan. 11 and then will move to St. John's Episcopal Church on South Prospect Street until Jan. 25.

Baker said the shelter also needs items like coffee, sugar, dry foods, hygiene items and socks. Anyone who wants to donate items can call 301-733-2371.

Although the Cold Weather Shelter is for adults only, Baker said homeless people with children can call that number for help.

- Brendan Kirby

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