Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro Urban Ministry will open their Winter Emergency (WE) shelters on December 1.
The group of shelters were put into place three years ago as the economy and cold weather put more of a strain on the 100 person capacity at the Weaver House Night Shelter.
Two specialized shelters have been added to the mix this year. The downtown YWCA will serve as a winter emergency shelter for women.
A 'WE' shelter for homeless individuals with mental health or substance abuse treatment needs has been established at the former Urban Ministry Clothing Bank on West Lee Street. Volunteers trained in those areas will be on hand to assist.
A shelter at the First Presbyterian Church site will specialize in helping homeless veterans.
Others 'WE' sites include West Market Street United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Grace Community Church, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, and FaithStep Ministries.
Several new church partners have joined on to help. These include First Lutheran Church, Sojourn Church, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, and St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Greensboro Urban Ministry is seeking to raise $108,000 to help run the emergency shelters. Donations can be sent to the WE Fund, Greensboro Urban Ministry, 305 West Lee Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27406.
To volunteer call Greensboro Urban Ministry Volunteer Services, 336-553-2642 or 2641.
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