NEW PORT RICHEY – The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County is putting out the word that the numbers, as well as the needs, are increasing.
On an average day in the last week, more than 22 had come to the coalition’s door on Pine Street seeking a hot shower, some clean clothes, and a ready-to-eat meal.
That was 22 just by mid-morning. The numbers doubled by the end of the day.
Those numbers show no signs of slowing down.
“We are grateful to all of those individuals and organizations who consistently help us provide hope for those who are living without the security of a home of their own,” said Coalition of the Homeless CEO Don Anderson.
“However, within the last few weeks we have found ourselves not being able to provide certain articles of clothing which not only help to provide comfort, but also a sense of pride as many of those we serve are actively trying to find jobs and the ability to have a place of their own.”
The coalition does eight loads of clothes a day in an attempt to recycle the clothes which are worn by the people they serve. While that process helps in several ways, the demand is outweighing the supply.
The items most needed are: men’s shorts sizes 28-40; all sizes of T-shirts, medium and large men’s briefs, and tennis shoes size 9 and up.
The Coalition is also in need of plastic grocery bags, which are used to package clean clothes and food for the people they serve.
Donations can be brought to the coalition office, at 5652 Pine St., anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For more information, the Coalition for the Homeless can be contacted at 727-842-8605.