Each temporary shelter location will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and close the doors at 8 p.m., so anyone in need of shelter must arrive within that window of time.
More progress has been made in recent weeks to bring Beacon of Hope, the Yreka-based nonprofit, one step closer to providing a permanent shelter for local homeless people. A pre-existing building was moved in two halves from its former plot to the Foothill Drive location where the foundation has been laid for the future shelter.
Beacon of Hope shared the additional good news that it has secured locations to provide free overnight shelter and a hot meal to local homeless individuals five days a week through March 31. Yreka United Methodist Church will provide shelter Monday and Tuesday nights, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Wednesday nights, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Thursday and Friday nights.
Each temporary shelter location will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and close the doors at 8 p.m., so anyone in need of shelter must arrive within that window of time. The temporary shelter schedule was secured after months of coordinating and calls by Beacon of Hope volunteers.
The next phase to be completed for Beacon of Hope’s permanent shelter is building between the two halves of the existing building. There is a gap of approximately 12 feet that will be filled in to make the two halves a whole, and create a larger space than originally existed.
When that work is completed, the building will eventually be capable of housing the planned showers, laundry facilities, and men’s and women’s quarters that will make up the shelter, according to Beacon of Hope Treasurer Michelle O’Gorman.
The Beacon of Hope Board of Directors has repeatedly emphasized that the permanent shelter will serve as a hand up for the homeless, not a handout. O’ Gorman said that classes will be offered through the shelter to assist those who are looking to work toward securing permanent employment and affordable housing.
Those classes will cover budgeting, financial literacy, and how to obtain a job. Additional services Beacon of Hope intends to offer include personal counseling, chapel, a resource center, meals, job training, medical services, and rehab and recovery programs.
A photo of the two halves of Beacon of Hope’s future shelter atop the fresh foundation was posted to the organization’s Facebook page Sunday. The caption reads, “So happy with the progress! Buttoning it up for the winter, time to raise funds for the next phase! So thankful for all the community support!”
The “buttoning up” refers to the measures that were taken to protect the unfinished building from the elements until construction can continue in the spring.
O’Gorman noted late last month that she envisions the eventual construction to bring the two halves of the building together “like an Amish barn raising” with many community members lending a hand. All volunteers are welcome, whether they have specific skills to offer or not.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the shelter project is asked to call Michelle O’Gorman at (530) 598-1430 and leave a message.
Donations can be made in the form of check or money order to Beacon of Hope. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 557, Yreka CA 96097. Learn more at beaconofhopemission.org