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Cold weather shelter schedule set

October 17, 2000

Cold weather shelter schedule set



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


The REACH Cold Weather Shelter's 5th season begins in less than a month and the locations have been selected.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Nov. 12-26: First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Nov. 26-Dec. 10: Congregation B'Nai Abraham, 53 E. Baltimore St.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dec. 10-31: Christ's Reformed Church, 130 W. Franklin St.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dec. 31-Jan. 21: Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, 20 S. Prospect St.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jan. 21-Feb. 11: Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Feb. 11-18: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Feb. 18-25: Grace United Methodist Church, Church and Winter streets.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Feb. 25-March 11: Faith Chapel, 14 S. Potomac St.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> March 11-25: St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> March 25-April 8: Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac St.

Open seven days a week, the shelter hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sundays.

Flyers with maps for each location will be available at Community Action Council, Washington County Department of Social Services, Community Free Clinic and Washington County Council of Churches Help Center.

The shelter provides homeless adults a safe shelter of last resort to avoid the risk of death or bodily harm from hypothermia.

Volunteers are on hand to provide information and services to shelter guests for specific needs they are facing.

The first few years, the shelter rotated between churches until it gained a "permanent" home at a building adjacent to Christ's Reformed Church on West Franklin Street.

Renovations to that building are to begin soon so the shelter can again be housed there ... hopefully after two seasons in churches, according to REACH director Terri Blair.

REACH stands for Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless.

For more information or to volunteer, call 301-733-2791. For emergency shelter needs, contact either the Community Action Council at 301-797-4161 or CASA hotline at 301-739-8975.

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