To the editor:
In the winter of 2012-13, Flagstaff Shelter Services provided 17,000 bed nights and 7,000 hot meals to 419 individuals at their overnight facility. The shelter also provides assistance to the homeless with an on-site (no-cost) health clinic, job placement, access to computers, mail delivery, showers, laundry, free clothing and many other services. Their primary mission is preventing death from exposure by the most vulnerable of Flagstaff’s citizens (for less than $16 per person/per night).
All these vital services would cost the city and tax payers exponentially more if city services like the police department, fire department, jail staff and emergency room services have to be used to address the needs of the homeless. As the weather turns cold, I am encouraging all of us who find ourselves with a warm bed and hot meal to contribute to this worthy organization. Any amount helps. (www.flagshelter.org)