Open Doors: An Update and an Invitation Posted by Christen Byrd
Last Thursday as I arrived at Open Doors, there were at least 10 people standing at our door waiting for us to open. It was about 60 degrees that day, and they were all so eager and thankful to be let into the building to warm up. And all I could think…it’s only 60 degrees…I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in about a month.
I am so thankful to all those who have volunteered to get Open Doors up and running! I know it has been a safe, comforting space for so many people who have nowhere else to go. I know we have a few people interested in volunteering their time or contributing, so let me offer this update…
Open Doors is held at our building (map here) and is open every Thursday from 3-7 pm. We offer showers, laundry, internet, a place to kick back and watch tv, drinks and snacks. Every week is a learning experience, and we just go with the flow and figure out how to do things better each time. Our biggest current need is volunteers. We have 2 shifts: 3-5 and 5-7. Obviously, the 3-5 shift is harder to fill because most people are working. But if you are interested, please let us know.
Our other need is supplies. We are running low on a few things and really need to replenish our supply. Here is a list:
- travel shampoo
- travel soap/body wash
- individually packaged snacks
- bottled water
- lemonade mix
- laundry detergent
- shaving cream
- any other personal hygiene items
As we move into the winter months, we are accepting anything else to help keep our friends warm. Here are some things we could use:
- sleeping bags
Please let me know if you would like to volunteer or if you’d like to donate supplies. Email me at christen [at] babybyrds [dot] com, or feel free to drop anything off at the building during Open Doors or on Sunday evenings. Thanks!