Royal Oak: Volunteer at Welcome Inn, Training Nov. 21

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The Welcome Inn, operated by South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless, is the only daytime warming center for the homeless in all of South Oakland County. On any given day between70 to 90 guests use the facility located in Royal Oak’s Starr Presbyterian Church.

The organization will hold its annual volunteer orientation from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. The Welcome Inn could not operate without volunteers, since the shelter is sidebar012stairscompletely dependent on donations.

“This meeting is the key entry point for volunteers to get involved,” said Welcome Inn Executive Director Jason Morgan. “This year we’re invited a police officer and a mental health professional to speak about how to best to work with our guests.”

There’ll also be cider, doughnuts, coffee and an opportunity to get acquainted with the Welcome Inn staff and other volunteers.

Morgan says this year ‘s focus is expanding The Welcome Inn services to add Saturdays and an extra week at the end of the season. This year for the first time, The Welcome Inn plans to be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday from December 14 to March 18.

“Typically on weekends our guests have nowhere to go,” Morgan said. ”So this expansion is chazzano game adreally a blessing for our community, but this means we definitely are going to need more volunteers, more money, more food, more resources across the board.”

“Last year The Welcome Inn served a record number of people – 30 percent more than the previous year, and we expect that trend to continue this year.”

No reservations are needed to attend the volunteer orientation. Starr Presbyterian is located at 1717 W. 13 Mile Road at Crooks Road in Royal Oak. For more information call Morgan at 248-677-8757 or email him at Jason@sochwi.org. Find them online at sochwi.org or on Facebook.

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