Friday, Dec 13, 2013
4C's Homeless Shelter to Close
HARRISBURG -- Just three years after opening, the 4C's homeless shelter in Harrisburg is preparing to close. The shelter is funded entirely by donations, but the money's drying up and officials have made the tough decision to temporarily shut down as of Nov. 1.
"There is a great need and we have calls daily of people trying to get in. I just don't know what's going to happen with those when we are no longer open," said Shelter Director Mona Crim.
Crim says residents typically stay no more than a month. Eleven people are living at the shelter right now; it can house up to 15 and is often filled to capacity.
"We have found in the past that this is not quite big enough, but at the same time it is meeting needs and helping those in the community that are in need," Crim explained.
The Christian Community Compassion Center has been getting enough donations to support its food pantry and helping hands program. The shelter has been falling short on funds, forcing it to close.
"The board very reluctantly did this," said 4C's Board President Art Foster.
Foster says it takes about $4,000 a month to run the shelter. He's asking anyone, with anything to spare, to help keep the facility open.
"If they have some extra dollars, we could sure use it because we'll put it to the need," Foster said.
The food pantry and Helping Hands will stay open as long as there's money available for them.
There are two easy ways to donate: Send a check to Christian Community Compassion Center at P.O. Box 422 Harrisburg, Illinois 62946 or visit the shelter at 632 N. Jackson Street.
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