By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Community service on Columbus Day is a tradition for CES Credit Union. 50 CES employeees spent Monday afternoon cleaning and sprucing up the Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter on West Gambier Street
Employees mopped, sorted linens, and provided landscaping to the shelter which opens for the season on November 1. CEO Sandy Coffing said, "It's really rewarding to have a staff that believes in giving back to the community."
CES Credit Union employees work to spruce up the landscaping at The Winter Sanctuary on West Gambier Street - KP Photo
Executive Director and Advocate Heidi Burns says the shelter, a non-profit, is able to offer a safe haven to the homeless thanks to generous donations from the community.
The shelter can house 18 men and 12 women. Mollie West is the volunteer coordinator and is need of volunteers to staff the shelter. A training session for new volunteers is this Saturday, October 14th at 9 a.m. in the lower level meeting room at the Public Library of Mount Vernon, 201 N. Mulberry St. If you can't make it Saturday, call the shelter at 740-392-9277 for more information.
Until it opens for guests the shelter is only open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 3.
Donations are welcome. Burns says they can always use coffee, creamer, granola bars, healthy snacks, frozen meals, trash bags, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, paper towels and toilet paper. Boots, warm socks, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and jeans for adult men and women are also needed.