A record number of homeless were helped by this Middletown shelter this year

A church-based homeless shelter in Middletown is close to setting a record for the number of clients it has served for the third straight year.

Serving Homeless Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM) has served 110 homeless guests this winter, said Bill Fugate, one of the coordinators. He said 26 homeless guests were served Wednesday night.


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The 110 guests have included 68 men, 34 women and eight children, he said.

SHALOM’s hosting schedule ends in 10 days.

Last year, SHALOM set two records: Total clients (117) and number of females served, Fugate said. Before last year, the record was 89, set in 2015-16.

The homeless are being housed at The Gathering, 31 S. Clinton St., this week, then they will relocate to First United Methodist on Sunday for the final week.

Fugate praised the volunteers who have served the homeless and the area churches that have opened their doors and made their facilities available.

Intakes are conducted every day from 4 to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St. Then a van transports the homeless to a different host church where volunteers provide a dinner and breakfast and lodging. Every morning the homeless are transported back to the SHALOM office.

For more information, call SHALOM at 513-423-7821

An end-of-the-year meeting will be held at 2:01 p.m.. March 7 at First United Methodist Church. Attendees are asked to enter Door 8.

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