REMINDER: Overnight Shelter Available for Homeless Adults during Winter

Blankets Needed for the Winter Shelter Program

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Overnight shelter for adults experiencing homelessness is available through the city's Winter Shelter program. The program provides homeless individuals with a place to sleep each night at various faith organizations throughout Virginia Beach.

Homeless adults in need of overnight shelter need to check in at the Day Support Services Center, 825 18th St., between 5 and 7 p.m. each night. Shelter space is limited and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Each individual is allowed to bring one bag that is able to fit underneath their seat on the bus or on their lap. Participants are dropped off at the Day Support Services Center each morning at 7 a.m.

Participating faith organizations rotate weekly until April to provide overnight shelter and meals. Some organizations may also provide additional support and resources, such as toiletries, clothing and medical care.

The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC), under a contract with the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, operates the Winter Shelter program and provides participants with transportation from the Day Support Services Center to the faith organizations.

Blankets are needed for the Winter Shelter program. To donate, drop off new or gently used blankets (no comforters) to JCOC, 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd. JCOC will also accept monetary donations.

For more information about the Winter Shelter program, contact Pam Shine at (757) 385-5761. For more information about donating to the program, contact JCOC at (757) 491-2846.

Families with children experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932 to access the city's homeless prevention and services system.

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