Men’s shelter changes names



The men’s haven at 183 Wellington St. W. has received a facelift recently: a new roof, new windows and new trim, and now it is getting a new name.

To avoid confusion with other local agencies, the decision was made to change the name to Chatham Hope Haven.

“It is a great name,” Wanda Bell, public relations volunteer said in a release, “because it accurately reflects who we are. We are a Christian group of volunteers offering hope to those in need in our community.”

The new name also gives the message that the church is offering a haven, not a shelter. It will be open every evening from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., not 24/7.

Ten beds are available to men, as well as a shower facility and a washer and dryer.

Devotions will be available (optional), as well as a listening ear and caring volunteer staff.

The day services have been running for more than a year with both men and women coming in for referral to other agencies, food, clothes and friendship.

“The overnight component will kick into gear very soon. Everyone is so pumped and ready to go,” Bell said in a release.

Thirty volunteers are ready, with the goal being 50. If you would like to volunteer for overnight shifts, it is not too late. You can volunteer once a week, once a month, or bi-weekly. Call 519 351-4010 or e-mail to register.


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