SafeSleep United has been hard at work serving houseless women in the Salem/Keizer community, and with a significant re-model on the horizon, the program is set to continue its trend of impactful endeavors. Being Salem's only low-barrier shelter, there is never a shortage of work to be done, but this invaluable support offers women a real chance to get back on their feet, or simply have a safe place to sleep at night.
That being said, SafeSleep needs volunteers! The shelter is open from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm every night, and is looking for people to help with opening or closing shifts. If you consider yourself a night owl and would like to prep meals in the middle of the night, that is also a much needed and appreciated task. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, e-mail Lynelle Wilcox at email@example.com or call 971-570-4213 to share what hours suit you.
In other news, SafeSleep has been invited to present at various meetings around Salem such as the North Lancaster Neighborhood Association to share information about the program and homelessness in Salem in general. Raising awareness is more crucial than ever as homelessness rates rise due to COVID and wildfires, and homeless campers are displaced by city clean-ups. When eviction moratoriums are lifted, even more people will become homeless. It's vitally important, therefor, to offer safe sleep to as many women as possible.
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