Blankets needed for Virginia Beach winter homeless shelter

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- An overnight shelter for adults who are homeless has opened in Virginia Beach. 

The shelter is a part of the city's Winter Shelter program. It provides homeless people the opportunity to sleep in a place each night through various organizations throughout Virginia Beach. 

Those who wish to stay at the shelter need to check in at the Day Support Services Center, located at 825 18th St., between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. each night. 

The shelter has limited space and works on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Each person is allowed to bring in one bag, but it must be able to fit underneath their seat on the bus or their lap. People will be dropped off at the Day Supports Services Center each morning at 7 a.m. 

Several faith organizations will rotate weekly controlling the overnight shelter and meals. Some of those organizations may also provide people with additional support, such as toiletries, clothing, and medical care. 

Due to a contract with the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) will operate the Winter Shelter program and provide people with transportation from the Say Support Services Center to the other faith organizations.

The Winter Shelter program is in need of blankets. If you wish to donate, please drop off the gently used or new blankets to JCOC at 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd. JCOC will also be accepting monetary donations. If you have any questions on how to donate, please contact the JCOC at (757) 491-2846

For more information on the Winter Shelter program, please contact Pam Shine at (757) 385-5761. 

For homeless families that have children, or are at-risk, please call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932. 


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