The Night Shelter is open 365 nights a year and was launched in 2006 to provide mats for 25 guests; by the following year the number had increased to 40 and at present the Shelter is almost at capacity with 58 to 60 mats occupied every night.
Clients are allowed to sleep in the Shelter 21 consecutive nights after which they must make room for new arrivals. After 14 nights “out” they may be readmitted if they haven’t found more permanent alternatives. This rotational system assures people they have a “reserved” mat and blanket for at least three weeks as long as they abide by our Shelter’s stringent “Ten Commandments of Service”.
The two-man staff is on watch throughout the night and at 5am they wake the clients, many of whom are day laborers. However, before leaving they must clean and stack their mats and deliver their blankets to be washed by daytime volunteers.
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