Drop In Center

Beginning next week the 8th Street Drop In Center will only allow guests to shower Monday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The center will close its doors completely Aug. 30 so the Crossing Outreach Ministry can renovate the building.

Community Mission will no longer be managing the 8th Street Drop In Center at the end of August. At the end of this week, staff will begin that transition by reducing the hours of operation.

Throughout the end of August and all of September, The Crossing Urban Ministry will be renovating the building to become an emergency shelter, which will create a gap in services for some homeless individuals, during the day.

However, the next two Mondays and Fridays those people will be able to shower at the drop in center, according to Krista Kiger. She became the Community Mission executive director on July 15.

“August 19, August 23, August 26, and August 30, we will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., (which) will be the last showers,” Kiger said. “Folks will have to come early — get a number. If they don’t have a number, then we need them to move off site, and to other cooling centers.”

Around 40 individuals will be able to use the showers on those days.

Even though Community Mission will move out of the facility at the end of August, that likely won’t end their relationship with the future guests that come to the facility.

It’s possible that the Community Action Partnership health worker who will be working out of the Crossing’s new emergency shelter on Oct. 1 may actually refer some individuals to either the Juda House or St. Joseph’s Haven. They are located just down the street, and their operator is the Community Mission.

“The two facilities (house) 34 men who came off the streets initially, and who have found stabilization,” Kiger said. “There’s no one reason why people become homeless — families become homeless, there’s multiple reasons. And so you have to have different solutions for the different reasons that folks have become homeless.”

Cooling Centers:

Downtown Library, 927 Felix St., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. And Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patee Hall, 904 S. 10th St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (15 people only)

Salvation Army, 602 Messanie St., Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

United Way 118 S. Fifth St., Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (four people only)

InterServ, 5400 King Hill Ave., Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rolling Hills Library, 1904 N Belt Highway., Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

East Hills Library, 502 N Woodbine Road, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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