An anonymous donor has offered to give $1,000 to the Abraham Connection homeless shelter if a match can be leveraged by Nov. 15. The board of directors and the donor have agreed that these funds will be earmarked for case management services.

The mission of the shelter is to offer emergency shelter and food to those in need by offering a hand up, not a hand out. "Someone has to have their most basic needs met first -- food, shelter and clothing -- before they have any chance of working towards self-sufficiency," said Cheryl Oeltjenbruns, board president. With these needs met at the shelter, the door is opened for more extensive assistance, which volunteer case managers provide.

Case management varies greatly depending on an individual guest, Oeltjenbruns explained. For one, it may be a nice shirt or pair of shoes to wear to a job interview. For another, it may be help in securing an ID or birth certificate that has been lost or stolen.

Volunteers at the shelter have always strived to assist guests toward self-sufficiency, but this matching donation paves the way for a larger case management team to work more effectively with more guests.

If you would like to help meet the match by Nov. 15, a donation can be mailed to PO Box 910 in Delta. Those who wish to help guests move toward self-sufficiency are also welcome to volunteer their time on the case management team. "You don't need any special education or skill set for this team," Oeltjenbruns said. "Just a desire to help someone out." A board member can be reached at 970-773-8290 to volunteer or for more information.

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