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Services are available to homeless population

The Salvation Army Shelter, 1306 SW E, and is a busy place most of the time, said Maj. Joanna Robinson.

“In the winter, we have less people staying at the shelter, but in the summer we have a lot more folks because they can’t escape the heat,” Robinson said. “We have about 10-15 people in our shelter right now. We take men and women but we also have a family room.”

Robinson said there is a maximum stay of 10 days free-of-charge and after that, people have to pay $10 per night.

“For that $10, we serve two meals, have showers available and we have a large laundry facility,” she said. “In fact, we reserve a time for homeless people to wash and dry their clothes even if they don’t stay at this shelter. We even provide washing powder. A homeless person can even take a shower here.”

At 6 p.m., the Salvation Army provides a meal that is open to the public. Check-in for the shelter is 6:30 p.m. and breakfast is served at 7 a.m. and they have to leave the premises by 7:30 a.m. to find work.

“Of course, some people are on disability or are unable to work,” Robinson said. “Some volunteer around the complex.”

Robinson also expressed the ongoing need for volunteers. Several church groups and civic clubs are helping cook and serve dinner, but more volunteers are needed in all areas, she said. A Sunday breakfast is offered to the public at 9:15 a.m. at the Salvation Army Church.

“What’s so nice is that anyone who cooks and serves dinner doesn’t even have to clean up because we have people who can do that,” she said. “The people who are staying here really appreciate what we have to offer.”

There are several reasons, Robinson said, that people stay at the shelter: families don’t want them; they have mental health issues; and sometimes people are just passing through and need a place to lay their heads.

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