Friday, September 14, 2012

Roseville homeless shelter to reopen - Sacramento Bee

The Gathering Inn, a Roseville homeless shelter that closed in July for lack of funding, is reopening Monday after raising more than $100,000 in donations.

Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health came to the rescue of the nonprofit shelter, which is the only overnight program for homeless people between Sacramento and Reno, said executive director Suzi deFosset.

The three companies have issued a challenge to other businesses to match their gifts and keep the shelter open for the foreseeable future. About $18,000 in matching funds have come in so far, said deFosset.

"We're all relieved," said program co-founder Bill Boudier. "It's a great program, and its worth has been proven by the fact that the community has come forward with this much in private donations, especially in this economy."

The "nomadic shelter" offers showers, clean clothes, social services and transportation to area churches for about 60 people each night, deFossett said. At the churches, clients get a hot meal and safe place to sleep. The Gathering Inn also operates a health clinic and interim care program, which provides help to needy patients after they are discharged from the hospital.

Donations may be dropped off at 201 Berkeley Ave. in Roseville Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The shelter also is seeking volunteer bus drivers who carry a Class B license.

For more information or to donate, visit www.thegatheringinn.com. Checks can be mailed to The Gathering Inn, P.O. Box 297, Roseville, 95678.

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