By now you may have heard that the Concord Cold Weather Shelter will again be run out of the St. Peter's Activity Center at 135 North State Street and the Friends Program will be managing the day to day operations. As I write you, we do not a firm open date yet. We will open as soon as possible but I do not see it happening any sooner that Wednesday, January 4th at this time. The cold weather shelter will close down on March 31, 2017.
I feel that the shelter effort was an overall success last year and as such Friends agreed to assist again this year once the St. Peter's location was secured through the efforts of Mayor Bouley and the generosity of Christ the King Parish. But we really need you and others like you to volunteer to make the year's undertaking a success.
The most critical piece of running the shelter is you, the volunteer. We cannot manage the shelter operations without you and until we know that we have enough volunteers committed, the shelter will not open. As we did last year, we will be using an online volunteer database system. The volunteer coordinator this year is Terry Blake. Terry was the volunteer coordinator at First Church for a number of years and I thank her for stepping forward to assist us this year. Arolyn Chappell, Friends Emergency Housing Program Director will again serve as the shelter manager.
Lastly, I encourage you to forward this email to anyone that you think might be willing and able to assist.