|Shelter’s census at 67; furniture, major appliances still needed|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Sept. 18, 2005 -- The occupancy at Wesley United Methodist Church shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees was down from 72 Thursday to 67 Friday, and city officials and volunteers continued to work diligently to place those remaining in more permanent housing.
The efforts have become even more expedient as the state advised local officials Thursday morning that the shelter is to close its doors next week, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell. No new evacuees will be accepted, but should any evacuees not already being served arrive, they will be referred to a shelter opening in Wood County, which will be open through December, according Sulphur Springs Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Rex Morgan.
According to Maxwell, the majorty of evacuees remaining at the shelter will be moved into apartments. A few will go into separate housing. In order to make the move and the fresh start go more smoothly for the evacuees, donations of furniture and major appliances are still being sought.
�The city is placing residents in housing as quickly as they can. We have a need for refrigerators, gas and electric stoves, gas space heaters, dining room suites, sofas and chairs, televisions, good quality matresses with frames,� according to Bonnie Gilmer, shelter public information officer.
Donations of these items should be made at 616 Hillcrest Drive, where the city will have representatives on hand all weekend to receive items.
Household items are also needed. These donations can be made at Hopkins County Community Action Network’s CANHelp building, 525 Church St.
Also, a few at the shelter have indicated that donations of new or used bicycles would also be appreciated as they could be used in town to get to work, appointments or for other tasks.