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Winter Shelter Needs A Bit More Help Before Opening

khts_inthecommunityFollowing hundreds of hours of donated labor and materials, the SCV Emergency Winter Shelter is just about ready to open its doors at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1.

More than 200 volunteers and dozens of donors made the shelter’s expansion a success, but there is still work to be done and items needed before the grand opening and before the expansion to include 14 more beds can be completed. Anyone can see what building material donations are still needed at under “Beds for All.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, shelter board members and staff would like to say a big “Thank You” to the generous Santa Clarita community at the third annual Open House. This is the perfect time for anyone to stop by the shelter for personal tours, to meet the board and staff, find out about volunteer opportunities, view the shelter’s short film and socialize over free refreshments.

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“It has been a long three months but seeing the shelter come to life under the sweat and hands of volunteers has been a blessing,” said Tim Davis, the shelter’s Executive Director. “We’re ready to open the doors to our neighbors in need. But first we hope Santa Clarita residents will find at least an hour of their time on the 30th to come celebrate the shelter’s extreme makeover.”

Guests can stop by anytime between 6 and 9 p.m. on the 30th. Guests can also bring material donations. The shelter’s top three needs are: 33 gallon garbage bags with draw strings, plastic utensils, and plastic/foam plates and cups.

On Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. homeless clients can either walk in to the shelter or wait at one of the three pick-up locations for van transportation. The pick-up locations are at JoAnne Darcy Library bus stop, Metrolink Newhall bus stop and the Via Princessa Metrolink bus stop.

This year the shelter will host an on-site nurse, drug and alcohol meetings, health and dental clinics. Shelter staff will provide case management to clients who want to get back on their feet.

The shelter is open from 6 p.m., Dec. 1 to 8 a.m. on March 16.