Locals who want to get a peek behind the scenes of the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter are invited to an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 30.
This is the perfect time for anyone to stop by the shelter for personal tours, to meet the board and staff, find out about volunteer opportunities, view the shelter’s short film and socialize over free refreshments.
The next night, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., the shelter will open its doors. Homeless clients can either walk in to the shelter or wait at one of the three pick-up locations for van transportation. The pick-up locations are at JoAnne Darcy Library bus stop, Metrolink Newhall bus stop and the Via Princessa Metrolink bus stop.
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This year the shelter will host an on-site nurse, drug and alcohol meetings, health and dental clinics. Shelter staff will provide case management to clients who want to get back on their feet.
The shelter, which is located at 23031 Drayton Street in Newhall, is open from 6 p.m., Dec. 1 to 8 a.m. on March 16
More than 200 volunteers and dozens of donors made the shelter’s expansion a success, donating materials and labor to provide a warm bed and safe haven for those in need.
“It has been a long three months but seeing the shelter come to life under the sweat and hands of volunteers has been a blessing,” said Tim Davis, the shelter’s Executive Director. “We’re ready to open the doors to our neighbors in need. But first we hope Santa Clarita residents will find at least an hour of their time on the 30th to come celebrate the shelter’s extreme makeover.”
Guests can stop by anytime between 6 and 9 p.m. on the 30th. Guests can also bring material donations. The shelter’s top three needs are: 33 gallon garbage bags with draw strings, plastic utensils, and plastic/foam plates and cups.