REACH prepares to reopen shelters

September 21, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

Even though the weather is still warm, volunteers and staff at REACH (Religious Efforts to Assist and Care for the Homeless) are gearing up the cold-weather and day shelters at 140 W. Franklin St.

"Our 10th year for the cold-weather shelter will open Oct. 30 for the first time at our new center," said Terri Baker, executive director of REACH.

The hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., except for Sundays, when the doors open at 3 p.m.

More than 240 people used the cold-weather shelter at area churches during the 2004-05 season, with an average of 41 users per night, according to REACH figures.


The day resource center will open Nov. 7 at the REACH Center, Baker said.

Baker said area congregations have signed up for a week or more as coordinators of the cold-weather shelter. Those congregations furnish volunteers, supplies and activities for the week.

Congregations are still needed for the weeks beginning Nov. 13, Dec. 18 and 25. Weeks run Sunday through Sunday.

The schedule is:

  • Oct. 30: Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown

  • Nov. 6: Otterbein United Methodist Church

  • Nov. 20: First Christian Church

  • Nov. 27: Emmanuel United Methodist Church

  • Dec. 4: Congregation B'Nai Abraham

  • Dec. 11: St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Funkstown

  • Jan. 1: Hebron Mennonite Church

  • Jan. 8: Trinity Lutheran Church of Hagerstown

  • Jan. 15: Christ Lutheran Church

  • Jan. 22: Hagerstown Church of the Brethren

  • Jan. 29: Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene

  • Feb. 5: St. Mark's Lutheran Church

  • Feb. 12: Rehoboth United Methodist Church of Williamsport

  • Feb. 19: Grace United Methodist Church

  • Feb. 26: John Wesley United Methodist Church

  • March 5: First Christian Church

  • March 12: Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church and Williamsport Retirement Village

  • March 19: St. John's Episcopal Church

  • March 26: Faith Chapel

Groups are needed for the lunch program for the weeks of Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Jan. 1, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26.

Work sessions will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. for volunteers willing to paint, mop floors, build shelves and perform other jobs as the shelter prepares to open.

Volunteers of all ages are needed Saturday and at 9 a.m. Monday.

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