Executive Director Dana Black looks forward to revamping the North Strand Housing Shelter in Longs. The 16 beds at the shelter will increase to 53 when building plans proceed. A family wing and veterans’ wing are part of the design. Black founded the facility in December 2010 when she saw a need to provide basic assistance to those who were experiencing setbacks.
The purpose of the nonprofit is to help people move ahead.
“We are not a hotel,” Black said. “We want to help people get back on their feet. We don’t want to house and feed.”
In 2013, the shelter received 636 calls for assistance, up from 600 in 2012.
“There were an inordinate amount of children, 192,” she said. In 2012, 100 children were involved. “It makes a difference when you add children to the mix.”
People can stay at the shelter for seven days before making a decision on how to proceed.
“We do not want to be an enabling agency,” Black said. “We want to help people move on with their lives.”
She said the all-volunteer agency needs other volunteers who can advise and help people make decisions about their future. She ranks herself among the volunteers and has never claimed a salary or taken any money as compensation. The shelter does not receive any government funds.
The money raised from the fifth annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction on June 14 will go for operational expenses, e.g., mortgage, utilities and basic needs. Golf packages, beauty products, restaurant gift cards and other attractive items are in the silent auction. Call 504-0032 for tickets to the dinner. Information about the shelter is available at www.northstrandhousingshelter.org, firstname.lastname@example.org and 756-9488.
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