This past January, our community opened two warming shelters to ensure that we had the capacity to serve our homeless neighbors who live in camps or other unsheltered locations. The largest shelter opened mid-January at the Grady Cole Center and operated continuously for four days and three nights until the temperatures increased. Over 200 people were served at these shelters. As you can imagine, an operation like this takes a lot of people to come together and make it successful.As we prepare for a hot summer and potentially another cold winter, we want to ensure that we have a volunteer base that is trained and willing to serve should the need arise to open another shelter. If you are interested in volunteering we encourage you to participate in the upcoming training on Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Hal Marshall Services Center (700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).Register here. Participants will learn about shelter operations and how to interact with our neighbors experiencing homelessness. A meal will be provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management. For questions about the training, please contact Erin Schroeder at Erin.Schroeder@MeckNC.gov or 980-314-8923.
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