"We've received some grant funding to bridge the gap so that our doors can remain open," said Rev. Brian Scott, executive director of the emergency shelter.
Grant funding to the tune of $40,000 from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The financial support will go towards increasing staff, treatment, and supplies that will help the shelter expand their impact in Frederick County.
The shelter is projecting a 20 to 30 bed occupancy during the warmer months, two times more than last year.
One of the main changes in the transition towards a year-round shelter is that guests must meet with a case manager who will assist clients in their path back into society.
"My goal is as a case manager to help them find housing, to get them into rehab programs, drug or alcohol programs, also with their jobs," said Brenda Bell, case manager with the emergency shelter.
The new program also requires clients to do facility chores and partake in money management meetings
"I'm the stepping stone to getting them out of homelessness," added Bell.
The shelter will operate overnight seven days a week between the hours of 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Maximum stay for guests is 90 days, but the Scott said that number is subject to change.
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