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Shelter regulations outlined

October 24, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Following are regulations for the REACH Cold Weather Shelter:

  • The REACH Cold Weather Shelter is for those 18 years and older who are homeless, able to care for themselves, and not a danger to themselves or others.

  • No one will be admitted to any shelter site who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the point that he or she is unaware of surroundings or is unable to walk unaided.

  • No children, pets or visitors are allowed.

  • The shelter is a temporary home, and the REACH staff and volunteers will provide information to help those who use it find permanent housing.

  • REACH personnel reserve the right to search belongings.

  • Weapons are not allowed in the shelter or on shelter property. All knives are considered weapons and must be given to shelter staff for safekeeping for the night.

  • Guns will be given to the police.

  • Neither alcohol nor illegal drugs can be brought on shelter property. If they are found, they will be taken and not returned. The police will be called if illegal drugs are suspected.

  • Verbal attacks are not allowed. Physical attacks in any form against other guests, shelter staff and volunteers are not allowed.

  • There is no smoking in the shelter. Smoking breaks are allowed outside the shelter with the security intervention assistant. Smoking will be allowed for a 10-minute period before every hour until 11 p.m. and again at 6 a.m. in a designated area at each shelter site.

  • Anyone up before 6 a.m. who leaves the shelter to smoke will not be permitted back in until 7 p.m. the next evening or 3 p.m. on Sundays.

  • If a guest is asked to leave the shelter for violating rules and refuses, the police will be called.

  • Lights are out in the sleeping area at 10 p.m. and in the dining area at 11 p.m. They are turned back on at 6 a.m.

  • Guests must be in by 10 p.m. and leave by 7 a.m.

  • A weekly shower is required. Showers are available at The Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.

  • Laundry assistance is available through REACH, as are hygiene supplies.

  • Only belongings that fit under a cot in a closed bag or box can be left. No belongings can be left out on a cot or on shelter property.

  • All belongings must be taken when the shelter is moving to its next site.
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