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Franklin County shelter to remain open

Contributions will keep program going for at least a month

Contributions will keep program going for at least a month

August 13, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Officials with the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless received word Thursday they'd receive some financial support during a state budget impasse that threatened to close the shelter's doors.

The Franklin County Commissioners chose to pay out some of the county's regular shelter contributions sooner than expected, according to Megan Shreve, executive director of the shelter's parent organization.

"What I believe is we'll at least be open at night," said Shreve, of South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP).

Shreve announced Monday that the shelter, and about a dozen other programs, would close effective Aug. 22 because of depleted or nonexistent financial resources. Talks with the commissioners' office provided Shreve with hope the shelter could be sustained for another month.

"Getting that money earlier is great," said Shreve, who said she wasn't sure of the complete amount that will be received.

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The shelter's fundraisers scheduled for the next two weekends will continue as planned, Shreve said.

A donation table will be set up outside Chambersburg's Walmart on U.S. 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also, a phone-a-thon will solicit financial contributions Aug. 22 and 23.

The shelter, which opened in 1986, serves more than 115 people a year. The manager told The Herald-Mail earlier this week that several children were staying there with parents.

For information about donations, contact the shelter at 223 S. Main St.,, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or call 717-267-3669.

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