Men's homeless shelter opens Friday evening
The men’s homeless shelter at First Presbyterian Church will reopens this evening.
The shelter is entered from the back of the church. It consists of one room and can accommodate up to 16 men for an overnight stay.
Meals are served at a long table. A shower is available. Bunks and mattresses are set up when the men are ready to sleep.
Community Partners of Hope operates the shelter. The organization was established by Ministers’ Community Partnership to address the needs of homeless men in the community.
Charles Turrentine, Jr. is the shelter director.
Men wishing to stay at the shelter can check in between 5:30 and 7 p.m., after which the door will be locked. A meal is served between 7 and 8 p.m.
Wake-up time is 5:30 a.m. After breakfast, the men must leave by 6:30.
The rules are simple: No weapons, no alcohol, no drugs and no smoking.
The Rev. Doug Addington, pastor of West Hills Presbyterian Church and a Community Partners of Hope board member, said for repeat users a planning process is started to help them develop strategies to end their homelessness.
He said some of the men served in the past have lived in their cars. Others have stayed with relatives or friends, but are turned out because of the extra burden that places on the families.
“Nobody wants to live like this,” Addington said.
The shelter depends on support and volunteers to operate. Area churches and community organizations contribute time, food and money.
Jane King, a member of First Presbyterian Church who serves on the board of Community Partners of Hope, schedules volunteers. She can be contacted by telephone at (252) 432-9494 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costs of utilities for operating the shelter are provided by the church.
“First Presbyterian has been remarkably gracious,” Addington said.
The members of Ministers’ Community Partnership represent diverse theological views. Addington said theological agreement isn’t necessarily a factor in the partnership.
“But,” he said, “we agree on what Jesus said: ‘Love your neighbor.’”
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