June Director’s Report

Hello Everyone,

Happy beginning of the 2nd half of the year!  I hope everyone had a great May.  This email is going to be a little short since we have a lot going on here right now.

We had a mini swap meet at the Center this month! Manzanita Outreach came in and removed some space devouring shelving and gave us a freezer! They needed the shelves, and we needed the freezer! That’s community coordination!

As some of you know, we lost a couple of employees recently. The job market is like nothing I’ve ever seen before! We’ve got ads out and I am always available for interviews.  I have found someone to be here 4 evenings a week and another person to work 3-4 daytime short shifts so that we can be open on the weekends and I have a little help if I have meetings. We love our volunteers and plan to bring more on board as soon as possible.

We are still seeing a steady stream of new faces. We see our regular folks but oddly enough, many of them are choosing not to stay in the shelter at night. Perhaps comfortable nighttime temperatures, a rare eclipse of the moon and a star shower are  more enticing than a night at the Center!  I have received 3 calls in the past week from people from the valley that have been asked to relocate for work but with no housing available, they want to come stay at the shelter.

We received a $4,000 grant from Arizona Community Foundation, Yavapai. Thank you!!!

This is a short report, but the Center is opening shortly, and I am the “shelter lady” today.

Rhonda Bishop,

Executive Director