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Rotating shelter thanks volunteers

By March 30, 2011

A celebration will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday in Central Park to recognize the community support for the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis. In this fourth year of operation, the shelter served approximately 145 guests with a hot meal and a warm, dry place to sleep in the wettest and coldest part to the year.

From Nov. 28 through March 12, 40 different congregations, organizations and business and a total of more than 1,392 community volunteers made this possible by donating time and energy. They provided food, transportation, hospitality, overnight supervision and supplies for the guests.

After the shelter closed on March 13, it was reopened for four days due recent heavy rains. With less than a day’s notice, the United Methodist Church offered its space and volunteers to fill all the required positions. During this emergency extension, approved by city staff within a few hours, the shelter hosted up to 22 guests per night.

Local residents are invited to celebrate this work, thank the City Council for its support, meet the guests and visit with the volunteers who made it all possible.

RSVPs are requested to ensure there is sufficient food, RSVP to [email protected] or (703) 314-0922; or to [email protected] or (646) 878-7811. More information on the shelter program is available online at http://www.interfaith-shelter.org.

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