The Mount Zion United Methodist Women are hosting a typical household shower, but instead of gifts for a new bride, the women are collecting items for the Clark County Homeless Coalition.
“We’ve actually been working with the shelter since early spring. We’ve adopted a room, we’re going to furnish it. As part of that, we’ve been getting updates,” said Krisi Carpenter, a member of the United Methodist Women.
“She explained to us what a huge issue homelessness is in Clark County. A lot of people don’t realize how many people are homeless or what they call ‘precariously housed.’ It was something that interested us, and something we could become easily involved in,” Carpenter said.
The shower will be Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the new homeless shelter, 25 Wainscott Ave. The public is invited to tour the facility at that time and learn more about the goals of the Homeless Coalition.
“We wanted the whole community to come and see the facility and what we’ve done, and what they’ve helped do through their donations, and who we are and what we’re doing,” Davidson said.
A list of needed items is available at www.walmart.com, and Carpenter said the organization also needs basic pantry supplies.
“Anything you would take to a bride,” Carpenter said.
The Homeless Coalition is funded almost entirely from
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community members, and Davidson said people have been generous in their donations.
“Everything that we’ve been able to do has benefitted from the support of individuals and local organizations,” Davidson said. “This is something Winchester residents can be proud of that they’ve stepped up and made this happen.”
Other items needed include a washer, dryer and a stove.
“We’ve been very fortunate through donations, we’ve been able to start with virtually everything new,” Davidson said.
The shelter officially opens Monday, Oct. 10. For more information, visit www.clarkcountyhomelesscoalition.com.
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