Critical need: Coats for the homeless

As the temperatures dip into the teens, there are homeless people in Rockford without coats and boots. Carpenter’s Place (CP) is putting a plea out to members of the community for winter coats and boots for men and women. “Our greatest need is for extra large coats,” noted Cathy Barsema, director of guest services at CP. “Many of our homeless guests wear layers of clothing to keep warm and need an extra-large coat to wear over multiple shirts and sweaters. We also need large boots for men. The homeless walk miles every day between shelters and other agencies. Others actually live outside. Cold temperatures can be deadly.”

Nearly 100 homeless people go to Carpenter’s Place each day to seek daytime shelter, meals, case management and a variety of other services to rebuild the lives of the homeless. The not-for-profit agency also operates transitional homes and housing programs.

Coats and boots may be taken to Carpenter’s Place at 1149 Railroad Ave., in Rockford from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Sheri (ext. 203) or Kay (ext. 211) at 964-4105.

From the Feb. 7-13, 2007, issue

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