Cold Weather Opens Shelter Doors for Homeless on Christmas Eve and Christmas Night in SoHum
As record cold temperatures push thermometers down, emergency weather shelters for the homeless opened their doors this Christmas weekend. Peg Anderson, who works with the homeless, said that two churches in Southern Humboldt provided warm shelter to those in need.
“I want to thank both the churches,” Anderson said. “They have been wonderful and generous.”
There were eleven staying in the shelter last night and five on Christmas Eve, she said. Temperatures are not expected to drop below 34 degrees today which is the cutoff for the shelter opening so none of those sheltered over the weekend will be able to stay inside.
Anderson said her group is looking for people to help, money, and men’s jackets as well as other places to offer shelter for the homeless. “It is difficult to line up volunteers,” she said.
Community members have been contributing money to an account at the Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt and have been donating food and supplies. But she could always use more money to buy hygiene supplies, sleeping bags, mats and insurance to cover the churches when they are being used as a shelter.
“I do need men’s jackets [also],” she said. “I don’t have enough large jackets. There is a jacket drive at Chautauqua, if people want to put [donations] there.’
Anderson also said that her group is looking for other sites that have a warm place they would like to offer. Currently, the Presbyterian Church on Locust in Garberville and the First Baptist Church on Redway Drive in Redway have provided shelter. “The churches have been happy with the volunteers and the work they’ve done,” she said. However, it is good to have more options.
Anderson is also looking for ways to transport those in need from Garberville to Redway when the shelter is open there.
For those that would like to volunteer to help at the emergency shelter, contact sohumpersontopersongmail.com or call (707) 223-3679.
Contributions can be made at the Community Credit Union using account number 17721.
“The ultimate goal,” Anderson said, “is to find a place to put a sanctuary camp where people can have their things and be safe.”