Homeless shelter in Paradise seeks community assistance

Feb 5, 2014 12:42 PM

Sojouner’s House on the Ridge (SHOR) is reaching out to residents on the Ridge for volunteers as well as donations of blankets in order to sustain a second successful season.

“The community really came through for us in terms of fundraising,” said Stephanie Gregorio, SHOR Director. “We were able to reach our goal of raising $24,000. However, we were only able to recruit 32 of the 40 volunteers we had hoped to sign up before opening on November 11th. We chose to open with a limited number of volunteers, but through natural attrition, we are now in need of more help.”

SHOR is seeking volunteers for intake workers, assistants for their Welcome Center in the mornings and evenings, drivers, hosts, overnight monitors, meal providers and laundry assistants. Work hours vary for each position, but volunteers can work either several times a week or once a month depending on their schedule.

“My teenage son and I work at the Welcome Center for two hours in the evening once a week,” said Kate Ballou, a SHOR volunteer. “We make and serve coffee, put out snacks, prepare for showers, talk with guests, and help the intake worker when new guests check in. It is an easy job, and we enjoy getting to know the guests.”

According to SHOR, the shelter provided 1,147 individual nights of safety and warmth to 63 guests from Paradise and Magalia last season. This season, SHOR has reportedly sheltered 43 guests in 589 individual nights, including seven children. A typical season for SHOR is six months.

The shelter utilizes a “nomadic” model which uses a central intake center and relies on various facilities, usually churches, to help provide shelter during the night to those who need it.

Those interested in volunteering can call SHOR at 872-1162, visit their website at http://shorparadise.webs.com/ or email them volunteershorparadise@gmail.com. In addition to volunteers, SHOR is in need of new or gently-used twin-size blankets and two more host facilities; call SHOR to make arrangements.


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