While the board of directors for the Abraham Connection/Delta County Homeless Shelter works towards opening the overnight, emergency winter shelter this fall for the third year, volunteers at the organization continue to work for the hungry and homeless of Delta County.
In April, at the end of last season, volunteers began serving two weekly meals.
A hot, sit-down supper is served on Tuesday nights at Westminster Hall in Delta. Each Saturday, volunteers pass out sack lunches. Through Sept. 11, volunteers have spent 202 hours serving meals or handing out sack lunches. Over 135 meals were served to those in need in the community.
"We continue to see a need for food assistance," said Cheryl Oeltjenbruns, president of the board. "Delta County has a hunger problem as well as a homeless problem."
Last season, the shelter saw a significant increase in the number of guests served and bednights offered. Similarly, the second summer meal program saw an increase in meals served.
"We have had a tremendous amount of support from the Delta County area to make this summer program work," said Darla Volgomore, board member in charge of the meal program. "Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped and to the Presbyterian Church of Delta for letting us use Westminster Hall."
Volunteers and the board also spent the summer doing several fundraisers. Over $8,000 was added to the shelter building fund this summer. The board is in the process of writing grants to purchase a building.
The summer meal program is winding down, and will end on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The shelter opens Thursday, Nov. 1. There is space for families, single women and single men to sleep.
Training for those interested in volunteering at the shelter will be held Oct. 27. Call 773-8290 for more information or to RSVP for the training.blog comments powered by Disqus