What does a person staying at Community CARES do all day?
Beth Kempf, executive director of Community CARES, said that depends on where they are in their journey.
On a typical day, those staying at the shelter are awakened at 6:15 a.m., and must leave the shelter by 6:50 a.m.
They can then go to the Community CARES resource center on West Penn Street at 7 a.m. Currently, there are multiple families with children who are allowed in earlier.
While there, the clients engage in one of the big events of the day: morning coffee and the news, Kempf said. They also plan the day by signing up for showers and laundry.
At 8:15 a.m., everyone is excused from the building for the day. They are encouraged to go to breakfast at the Salvation Army. From there, the day varies according to the client’s status. Those on “green status” need to plan to be away from the resource center until 5:15 p.m. These people should be looking for employment, attending employment training classes and attending appointments.
Those on shelter status and standby status need to plan to be out until numbers to secure a place in the shelter are given out at 7:45 p.m. Those on full-time status may return to the resource center at 9:15 a.m.
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., clients are encouraged to get out and get involved in the community.
At 7:45 p.m., clients arrive back at the resource center where they get their number for the night and verify that they are eligible for the shelter. They may also have chores to do at the resource center.
At 8:20 p.m., clients begin to walk to the shelter for the night, or wait for transportation for out-of-town shelters. The intake process at the shelter begins at 8:30 p.m.
Lights out at the shelter is at 10 p.m.
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