The REACH Cold Weather Shelter opens on October 29, 2017, for the 2017-2018 season. The shelter is available to homeless adults from Washington County on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registered, a cot is assigned to that person for the duration of their stay. Upon entry, each guest will meet with a trained volunteer who will guide them through the intake procedure.
Services provided to guests include:
- Dinner prepared by volunteers from congregations and/or community organizations. Served at 7-8 pm daily.
- Light breakfast at 6:30 each morning
- Cot with linens and pillow
- Shower facilities and one load of laundry per week (soap/detergent provided)
- Occasional seminars and special events
- Qualified individuals receive case management services to help them locate and secure permanent housing and work toward becoming self-supporting.
The Cold Weather Shelter provides temporary shelter for people 18 and over who are homeless, can care for themselves, and are not at risk to themselves or others. The shelter is open from late October until early April and is operated and staffed by churches or organizations on a weekly basis, primarily by volunteers. It is open from 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM Monday through Saturday and from 3:00 PM until 7:00 AM on Sunday.
REACH has a maximum bed capacity of 56 residents: 44 men and 12 women. When the temperature or wind chill factor is 32 degrees or below, and/or there is the presence of freezing rain, sleet or snow, there is additional capacity of 6.
A hot evening meal is served nightly from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. At 9:00 PM lights are dimmed in the dining area, and at 10:00 PM sleeping area lights are off. All lights are turned on at 6:00 AM and breakfast is served between 6:00 and 6:45 AM. Residents must exit the building by 7:00 AM.