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North San Juan Community Center’s Winter Services

posted Jan 21, 2021, 1:04 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jan 28, 2021, 12:45 PM ]
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

North San Juan’s Community Center operates a warming shelter for those in need on cold, blustery winter nights. The following information can be found on their web site: www.nsjcommunitycenter.org

“OUR MISSION IS TO MAINTAIN AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN THE CASE OF EXTREME WINTER WEATHER THAT PROVIDES WARM, DRY SHELTER, AN EVENING MEAL, BEDS FOR THE NIGHT, A MORNING BREAKFAST, AND HELP CONNECT PARTICIPANTS TO HELPFUL COMMUNITY RESOURCES, AND TO DO ALL OF THIS AS A COOPERATIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE

When we’re open: The shelter will be open if it’s raining at 34 degrees or below or open on the 4th night of consecutive rain. Additionally, we require two overnight hosts to open for overnight use. The shelter will be open around 5pm in the evening and close at 8am the following morning. All shelter participants are asked to vacate the premises during the day.

Free hot meal: In addition to offering a warm, dry place to sleep, a free hot meal will be served from about 5pm-8pm and breakfast in the morning. Movies will be available to watch in addition to games.

Dogs: Dogs are permitted as long as they’re well behaved, on leash and with their persons at all times.

Get involved: Volunteers for cooking meals, kitchen clean up, overnight hosting, and gathering or providing donations are a huge help and are required to keep the shelter open and running. We are NOT county funded and rely solely on donations and community participation. To find out how to get involved, join our FB page NSJ Warming Shelter.

Warming Shelter Participant Guidelines

· Shelter participants must be in by 10pm. No one will be permitted in or out after 10pm without an escort.

· Shelter participants are not permitted to let anyone into the building once doors are locked. If someone is at the door, alert a host.

· Wash your hands thoroughly prior to eating and signing in.

· Wash your dishes and clean up after yourself.

· Leave all disagreements outside, be respectful and courteous of others.

· No loud or obscene language.

· Lights out is quiet time, all participants must remain in their sleeping quarters and are not permitted to wander the space, except to use the restroom.

· Breakfast is served around 7-7:30am.

· Clean up and put away your bedding and cots.

· Participants agree to help with assigned chores to clean and maintain the space.

· Well behaved dogs are permitted on leashes and must remain with their people at all times. No dogs in the kitchen.

· All participants must vacate the property after shelter closes. No loitering.”

In addition to maintaining a warming shelter, the Center has been providing supervised, socially distanced internet access during school hours so that local students can practice distance learning in a safe and comfortable environment. Although snacks are frequently available, students are required to provide their own lunches.

The North San Juan Community Center is a true asset to this community. In addition to homeless and student services, the Center hosts seasonal farmers markets, community meals and other enriching events and activities. Covid19 has affected the Center’s ability to raise funds that are essential for day to day operations. This valuable community resource relies upon the generosity of friends and neighbors so that the warming shelter, distance learning and other essential programs can continue.

If you are able to make a donation in any amount, please send it to NSJCC, PO Box 324, N San Juan, CA 95960. For more information or to volunteer at the North San Juan Community Center please call Sue Bauer at 292-9525 or 292-9048.

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