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The Northeastern No-Freeze Project Calls for the Community to Help House the Homeless – Willimantic
|A group of local nonprofits in collaboration with local town government, faith communities and concerned residents have come together to work on creating a space to shelter people experiencing homelessness this winter in northeast Connecticut.
Access operates the only year-round Emergency Shelter in northeast Connecticut, with 40 beds to shelter individuals and families. Over the past three years, the Access Shelter which is located in Danielson has also allowed as many as 15 additional people who are not residents of the Shelter to stay overnight in the first-floor community room.
Because there are so many people who are in danger of literally freezing to death because they do not have housing, the collaborative effort began last April to create a Northeast CT Overnight No-Freeze Shelter that would be available this winter.
Once up and running, the Shelter would provide a warm dry place for people without a home to sleep and use bathroom facilities. The plan is for the Shelter go be open 7 nights a week from December through March. Volunteers will work from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and paid staff will be on-site from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. As an added benefit to those using the Shelter, the NECCOG will shelter dogs at no cost. The Northeastern Connecticut Transit District (NECTD) buses will transport people to the No-Freeze Shelter with a 7 p.m. arrival, and provide rides from the site at 8 a.m.
The collaborative has so far raised $30,000 toward their $75,000 goal. Donations for this project can be made to “Access CAA” with “No-Freeze Project” written on the memo line and either postal mailed to or dropped off at 1315 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226, or you donate through the Access website: www.accessagency.org/donate. Donations will be collected starting now through the end of November.