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Sep 12

PORT Emergency Homeless Winter Shelter Program

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 7:36 AM by Communications Department

Although the temperatures are still warmer than usual, some local agencies are getting ready for the long, cold winter nights that often are experienced on the Peninsula by those who are homeless.

PORT PORT(People Offering Resources Together) is an emergency winter shelter that hosts an average of 100 individuals per night, for 20 weeks during the winter. Coordinated by LINK of Hampton Roads, a network of 130 interfaith groups provides the facilities, volunteers, food, clothes and other resources to homeless men, women and children. The shelter moves to a different church every week, and over the season, more than 5000 volunteers are involved in planning, cooking, or distributing clothes and hygiene donations. In addition to providing shelter, PORT offers information and referral to other community agencies and assists in removing barriers than can contribute to homelessness.

As LINK and PORT prepare for the upcoming season, there are a few things they need to provide basic assistance with everyday needs. Items such as used and new socks, new or clean and gently used underwear. Outer wear such as sweaters, hoodies, coats for winter warmth/rain/snow, boots, shoes and warm men’s and women’s clothing. Although all sizes are appreciated, LINK is especially in need of larger sized clothing from XXL to 4XL.

Donations can be brought to the LINK office located at 10413 Warwick Blvd, Newport News.