HELP HOPE REACH OUR GOAL OF YEAR ROUND SHELTER THROUGH YOUR GIFT!
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to you as one of our very important partners in helping people struggling with homelessness in our community. This season, thanks to the ongoing efforts of our dedicated volunteers and supporters, HOPE Hospitality & Warming Center opens for overnight shelter on November 1, 2013.
What does this mean for our community? Each evening that we operate, we are able to provide meals, showers, dry clothing, a warm place to sleep, nurse visits, housing stabilization assistance, general case-management, Common Ground access screenings for mental health services, onsite substance abuse services, service referrals and more for up to 65 people in need. Last season, we provided over 8800 nights of accommodation, through our partnership with the Burnstein Clinic we helped shelter guests maintain better health. Through our partner agencies, CHN and TTI PATH we offer housing stabilization services. We are the refuge that connects guests and former guests with needed services and support.
The slow economic recovery and the fact that HOPE is the only option for many in our community to find safe shelter means that we are usually operating at or above capacity most nights. We are the only walk in emergency shelter in Oakland County that does not limit the amount of time a person can access services, does not screen for intoxication, and has a commitment to never turn away any person in need.
Because of funding limitations we operate only during the coldest six months of the year. We know that people are also homeless in the summer but to date have not been able to shelter this vulnerable population, leaving so many living in abandoned houses, the parking garage of the Phoenix Center or other places not fit for habitation, open to attack, rape or worse. So please help us to make summer of 2013 the last year we closed the shelter. We need your support to keep the shelter open after April 30, 2014.
Please consider making your own contribution to this important work, whether through your own donation, or by reaching out to others in your network. It means so much to those who seek our assistance.