Shelter closes overnight services May 26

2013-04-25T05:00:00Z 2013-04-25T09:00:48Z Shelter closes overnight services May 26 Arizona Daily Sun
April 25, 2013 5:00 am

Flagstaff Shelter Services will close overnight services beginning May 26.

The shelter, which offers overnight lodging during the cold winter months, received a grant after opening at it's new location on Huntington Drive last August, to open longer than normally for overnight services.

In the past, overnight services would run Oct. 15 to April 15.

For the 2012-2013 season (August to May), the shelter, which houses up to 77 men and 12 women nightly, served 637 unique individuals for 15,669 bed nights through March 31. According to shelter numbers, that is a 50 percent increase over last year. The increase includes the extended time open for overnight service and the inclusion of women this year in the services.

Although overnight services will be suspended until Oct. 15, the shelter will remain open during the days for the homeless to do laundry, take a shower, use computers, make phone calls, receive clothing and store their belongings.

Shelter staff members continue to search out funding to keep the overnight services available all year long.

"We're not there yet," said Alyce Bertsche, executive director.

In the first season open at the new location, Bertsche added that it was more of a priority to include services for women the first year, instead of finding funding for year-round overnight service.

In the event of a severe fire season, Bertsche said that the shelter has an arrangement with the city to open in the event of forest closure.

While the shelter is closed for overnight service, Flagstaff's faith-based emergency and transitional shelters for men and women run by Sonshine Ministries will remain open to overnight services.

For more information on Sonshine Ministries, visit http://www.srm-hc.org.

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    Smarter - April 25, 2013 7:46 am
    More clients on the street!
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