Update: 4:45 pm, 11/20/17, Monday
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Just in time for the holiday, homeless men have a place to sleep.
C-U Men’s Shelter opens for the first time at New Covenant Fellowship.
Men of any age can stay from 9 pm – 8 am, seven days a week.
Other faith-based organizations will provide snacks and water. Two trained staff members will also be on hand.
Original: 12:50 pm, 11/17/17, Friday
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — With winter winds whipping through town, men in need will soon have a place to go. The C-U Men’s Shelter is opening Monday and will provide services until March 31.
The shelter will have a new location at New Covenant Fellowship Church, at 124 West White Street, Champaign. It can house up to 30 men and will be open from 9:30 pm – 8 am, daily.
The shelter will be operated by a new non-profit organization: C-U Men’s Shelter. Last year, the same group provided the shelter to serve more than 100 men with a nightly average of about 20.
Paid staff will oversee day-to-day operations but volunteers and donations are still needed and always welcome.
“We hope the community will support this shelter effort. We need volunteers to help provide pre-packaged snacks and drinks, set up and clean up. And we do need financial support. It costs about $14 to provide one person a night of shelter,” said Sheryl Palmer, shelter board member and Pastor at Faith United Methodist Church.
The weekly cost of running the shelter is $3,000, or $428 nightly.
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