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Community invited to be part of Sheltering Ajo effort

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

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Adriana Martinez, case manager with Sheltering Ajo, discussed the homeless shelter program during the recent meeting of the Western Pima County Community Council.

Martinez explained that the SA committee works to provide emergency shelter for one or two nights for local and transient homeless people, victims of domestic violence, displaced teens, and others lacking a home. The group then helps to find more permanent shelter for individuals in need. Occasionally SA will provide longer-term assistance when an effort includes job placement possibilities. It partners with ISDA and a number of local domestic violence organizations.

Currently the committee is seeking to become a non-profit, according to Martinez. Funding is a continuous struggle, she said, inviting the community to be a part of the sheltering effort. Funds are needed for shelter cleaning supplies, basic hygiene items for occupants, bus tickets, even a plate of food.

Blankets and other items may be donated by calling Martinez at 513-580-8392. She said it is also possible to drop off items at the Ajo Federated Church by making arrangements at 387-6033.

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Original Publication Date: January 27, 2015

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