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Aspen Homeless Shelter to train volunteers

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen Homeless Shelter will offer two training sessions for volunteers, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen. All prospective volunteers must complete one of the sessions.

To register, call 970-544-5545.

The training provides information on the shelter’s policies and procedures, safety, homelessness myths and facts, basic human needs and listening skills.

“We value the help of our volunteers so much,” Vince Savage, shelter director, said in a prepared statement. “It makes a difference to have volunteers spend time with our clients and show they care.”

Volunteers may be scheduled to assist with winter overnight shelter operations (9 to 10 p.m.) or the evening dinner program (4:30 to 8:30 p.m.) or both on any night. Volunteers may help with logistics as well as offer programming in the evening on such topics such as job skills, resumes and more.

The number of homeless individuals served by the Aspen Homeless Shelter has risen. In 2011, the shelter served 128 people – a 60 percent increase in clients from three years ago.

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The shelter offers three programs: the day center and the evening dinner program, both operated at the Pitkin County Health and Human Services building, and the overnight winter shelter (December to March) at St. Mary’s.

People also can help by making a donation to the shelter at http://www.avmfaspen.org or via mail at P.O. Box 1639, Aspen, CO 81612.

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