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Cold Weather Shelter Improves Facility

As we're moving towards cooler weather, many homeless shelters are gearing up to open their doors to those who need a warm place to stay.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Cold Weather Drop-In Shelter is getting ready for winter sooner rather than later.

With the help of a team from the Lowe’s Heroes Project, the shelter is reorganizing from top to bottom.

"We actually have employees at the store who are volunteers with the shelter and came to us with the need that they have," said Dawn Becker, HR manager at the Chambersburg Lowe’s.

The improvements include freshly painted walls, updated bathrooms, and added storage facilities, which the shelter's director says will make their day-to-day operations more efficient.

The much-needed space is valuable to this 20 bed shelter, which is almost always filled to capacity.

"We were pretty close last year but every year we've been right on the borderline," said Craig Newcomer, director of the Chambersburg Cold Weather Drop-In Shelter.

But those who are able to stay at the drop-in shelter need to put in some work.

"At seven o'clock in the morning they leave and do community service for an extra night's stay," said Newcomer.

Volunteers helping out with the project say that is what the shelter is all about: giving back.

"This is an area that sometimes has a lot of homeless people compared to other areas in Franklin County, so it's nice to be able to help them out," said Becker.

The shelter says they plan to open their doors on Dec. 1, 2013. 

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