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Hagerstown cold-weather shelter is open

November 30, 1999|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN ? More than 40 people a night take advantage of REACH's cold-weather shelter on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown.

The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and is open to adults 18 years old and older, Jill Parker, resource specialist, said.

Those staying in the shelter also get three meals, including a bagged lunch to take with them in the morning, Parker said.

The shelter operates during all winter months, and closes the first week of April, Parker said.

Different area congregations host the shelter each week, providing the meals and volunteers needed. Running the shelter requires about 10 volunteers each evening.

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In return for their meals and shelter, clients must perform daily chores and are not allowed to have any drugs, alcohol or weapons, Parker said.

The shelter's maximum capacity is 59, and it usually fills to capacity in January and February, Parker said.

A resource center opens at the shelter between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Phones and computers are available to those who need them, and REACH workers try to get the clients connected to the resources they need, Parker said.

Hagerstown police remind people about the shelter when necessary and will even assist them in getting there, Lt. Richard Reynolds said.

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