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VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT HOMELESS FAMILIES IN MARSHALL COUNTY

January 10, 2019
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pitcountThe United Way of Marshall County and the Marshall County Community Foundation are working with the local faith community, nonprofits and volunteers to conduct a survey to collect data on homelessness and housing insecurities in Marshall County. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people on a single day in January and will be held this year on Wednesday, January 23, across Marshall County.

Families and individuals who have relied on the County Trustee, churches or charities to help them stay housed month-to-month are asked to participate in the PIT Count survey. Persons facing eviction, who rely on couch surfing or feel they are forced to reside in an unsafe space are encouraged to make their voices heard.

Have you experienced homelessness? Do you know someone who has to fight month-to-month to keep their families in a safe, affordable home or apartment? Please help spread the word about this important event. Accurate data on how many families struggle with housing in Marshall County will empower our county and communities to respond in the best way possible to serve and help families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Participants may go to the survey locations and times listed below on Wednesday, January 23. Specially trained volunteers will be at each survey location to help in the simple, quick process. A bag of toiletries will be given to PIT Count participants as a simple way to thank them for their bravery in stepping forward to share their story and be counted.

Point-in-Time Count locations for Marshall County on Weds., Jan. 23 are as follows:

Bread of Life Food Pantry, 6770 N Michigan Road, Plymouth.

PIT Count held during food pantry hours, 1-3 p.m.

First United Church of Christ, 323 S Center St, Bremen.

PIT Count held during church thrift shop hours, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N Plymouth St, Culver. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lobby of Mi Camino, by Red Rock Inn, 2550 N Michigan St, Plymouth. 5 – 7 p.m.

Marshall County Neighborhood Center, 402 W Garro St, Plymouth.

PIT Count from 3 – 7 p.m. Food pantry hours, 5 – 7 p.m.

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, 400 N Center St, Plymouth.

PIT Count held during non-food pantry hours, 5:30-7 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Point-in-Time count or are concerned about housing and homeless issues in our community and would like to become involved in addressing this issue, you are welcomed to contact the United Way or Foundation at 574-936-3366 to see how you may get involved in this important project.

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