Talbot Interfaith Shelter Opens for Second Season

Talbot Interfaith Shelter is up and running for its second season as the county’s only emergency cold weather shelter. Since opening in mid-December, the shelter has been able to provide the county’s homeless with a warm place to stay during several snowfalls and bitter cold weather.

As organizers anticipated, there has been an increased need for the shelter this year because of the recession. Since opening, TIS has been full or nearly full every night.

“Fortunately we’ve been able to expand our operation to help meet this need,” said Julie Lowe, TIS vice president.

The shelter will be open for nearly four months this winter, and several more congregations have joined TIS, adding to its roster of more than 400 volunteers.

“It’s exciting to see how many people want to get involved,” Lowe said. “We’ve been able to open a day shelter in the coldest weather, and we’re coordinating with shelters in Caroline and Dorchester counties to make sure no one is turned away because the shelter is full.”

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of community volunteers, TIS has also been able to hire two staff members. Richard Phillips and Kim White are the new TIS overnight supervisors, and will ensure guests and volunteers stay safe and comfortable during the night.

This year, the shelter is again rotating among Talbot County congregations, as TIS continues to look for a permanent home.

Volunteers are needed to provide meals and transportation, to serve as evening or overnight supervisors, and to do laundry. Monetary donations are also needed to help with shelter operations.

For more information, contact Julie Lowe, TIS vice president, at julielowe@atlanticbb.net or 410-310-2316.

Donations for TIS may be made online at www.creatinglegacies.org. Checks should be made out to Foundation for Community Partnerships, with Talbot Interfaith Shelter on the memo line. They may be sent to: TIS, P.O. Box 2004, Easton, MD, 21601.