Cold weather shelter open in Bunnell


265-FCFAC-LOGOCarla Traister and Rabbi Merrill Shapiro informed Historic City News that the Flagler County Family Assistance Center will open their “cold weather” shelter at First United Methodist Church of Bunnell this Friday and Saturday night — and most likely Sunday night.

The shelter is located at 205 North Pine Street in Bunnell, behind the Bank of America.

“We will have Daytona Beach guests Friday and Saturday at least, totaling around 30 guests altogether,” Traister told reporters. “I will be calling teams for both Friday and Saturday nights, but it is still too early for a definite answer for Sunday night.”

Traister said that it is always more difficult to locate volunteers during the holidays, but she already has a good start on her signup sheet. If you would like to volunteer to help with hospitality, supper, overnight, or the rise-and-shine teams, contact Carla Traister at the shelter, today.

The cold weather shelter has its own Christmas list this year. Some of the listed items include:

Toothbrushes Toothpaste – small tube
Disposable razors Antiperspirant/deodorant
Small bottles of shaving cream Small bars of soap
Women’s personal hygiene products Small tissues packages
Warm white tube socks Sturdy shoes, sneakers, work boots
Men’s and women’s undergarments Long sleeved t-shirts
Warm sweatshirts and hoodies Jeans and workpants
Gloves, scarves, warm hats Winter coats
All paper products toilet paper, towels Laundry and dishwashing detergent
All cleaning supplies, ammonia, bleach Garbage bags, tall kitchen and lawn bags
Sponges, “Scruffy” pads, latex gloves Paper plates, utensils, napkins
Hand sanitizer Lysol disposable wipes
Writing tablets, small memo pads Pens, pencils
Envelopes and stamps Non-prescription reading glasses
Paperback books, magazines Wash cloths, bath and hand towels
DVD and VHS movies (PG13) Sleeping bags, backpacks, cots
Pasta, white rice, instant potatoes Instant tea – unsweetened
Tomato and spaghetti sauce Peanut butter, jelly
Stewed and diced tomatoes Margarine or butter
Salt, pepper, seasoning Salad dressing and oil
Decaf and regular coffee, tea bags Powdered cream and sugar
Milk, juice, hot chocolate Bacon, eggs, sausage, grits
Pancake mix and syrup Bread, rolls

Flagler County Family Assistance Center, Inc is a non-profit coalition of individuals, faith based communities and service organizations of Flagler County dedicated to feeding the hungry, providing shelter to the homeless, and helping them transition to permanent affordable housing.

Rabbi Shapiro said that those sponsoring the Family Assistance Center believe all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The Center provides a doorway through which their clients can find the support they need to move forward in rebuilding their lives.

Rev Beth Gardner, Pastor at First United Methodist Church, said she is most proud of the organization’s work to prevent “at-risk” individuals from becoming homeless.


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