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Beginning Monday, Oct. 9, the City of Arvada is collecting items to help equip severe weather shelters with the items they will need in preparation for winter. Between Oct. 9 and Oct. 20, they are asking residents to donate, specifically, travel-sized sundries and snacks, as those experiencing homelessness rarely have means to carry larger items with them when they leave the shelter.
Items can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at Arvada Police Department substations:
Lake Arbor Community Station, 8110 Vance Drive, 720-898-6970
West Woods Community Station, 6644 Kendrick Drive, 720-898-6980
City Hall (Atrium), 8101 Ralston Road, 720-898-7500
Items needed include:
Travel sized snack packs
Travel size foot powder
Lunch size chips
Cold weather lip balm
Peel top fruit cups
Soft cereal bars
Travel size sunscreen
Tuna salad lunch kits
Individually wrapped toothbrushes
Chicken salad lunch kits
Travel size toothpaste
Peanut butter/cheese crackers
Travel size packages of wipes
The Rising Church is also looking for item donations. Items needed include sleeping bags, blankets, clothes (especially mens pants in slim sizes), winter coats and food items for the day shelter. Items can be dropped off at the church, 7500 W. 57th Ave, Arvada, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 303-422-1174.
With temperatures dropping and snow in the forecast, the Severe Weather Shelter Network is now in season as of Oct. 1.
The Severe Weather Shelter Network is a Christian nonprofit working to make sure Jefferson County’s homeless are kept warm on freezing nights, through a program in which local churches provide host sites for homeless community members to spend the night, enjoy a hot, homemade meal and some warm conversation. The networks include four host churches on a one-week-a-month rotation. Each network also has a warming site, which serves as a central pick-up location for shelter guests where they can — as the name implies — stay warm as they wait.
The network launched its central program with churches in Lakewood, Golden and Denver almost five years ago and another network in south Jeffco and Littleton a year later. It is in the process of creating one in the Arvada area, which is expected to open in December.
The network mobilizes volunteers to serve when the overnight temperature drops below 32 degrees with wet conditions and below 25 degrees with dry conditions.
The South and Central networks will open through the end of April.
To volunteer or for more information, visit swshelternetwork.com.
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