Valencia – After a few hundred hours of labor and donated materials, the SCV Emergency Winter Shelter on Drayton street opens December 1st. More than 200 volunteers and donations have made the shelter preparation a success. Local Santa Clarita college students, churches, and an array of youth have all been a part of the expansion process.
For the past 10 years, the shelter has been arranged to accommodate up to 40 single clients each night. On more than 70 nights the shelter provided refuge for more than the 40 cot capacity, with a peak of 58 clients. This year, the shelter has increased to accommodate 54 singles; men and women will be in separate dorms. Because children are not permitted at the shelter, the staff will provide outside board at a local hotel for qualifying families through the Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation voucher program.
On Dec. 1st, at 6 p.m. homeless clients can either walk in to the shelter or wait at one of the three pick-up locations for van transportation. The pick-up locations are at JoAnne Darcy Library bus stop, Metrolink Newhall bus stop and the Via Princessa Metrolink bus stop. The shelter will provide an on-site nurse, drug and alcohol meetings, and health and dental clinics for individuals who want to get back on their feet.
Many additional services will be offered, but most importantly, volunteers who are willing and available to help those in need.