SHELTER STRONG Special Benefit Concert to help The Salvation Army of Pottstown with their $115,000 fundraising campaign to renovate the Lessig-Booth Family Residence, an emergency homeless shelter serving Montgomery County.
The shelter, which houses 11 families at a time, has experienced unanticipated water damage. This problem, coupled with years of wear and tear, has necessitated new bathrooms and fixtures.
If the physical needs of the existing bathrooms cannot be addressed, operations may be suspended which would result in the Salvation Army being forced to turn away over 200 people a year in need of a safe and warm place to eat and sleep.
Currently there are no bathtubs for mothers to bathe their children, and the renovations would provide for a bathtub on each floor, as well as a changing table and showers that are safe and private. “We are calling this an Emergency Campaign, because ultimately, we are not just renovating our bathrooms, but we are also restoring much deserved dignity for our residents,” said Major Frederick Clarke, Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Pottstown.
Since 1989, The Salvation Army’s Pottstown Lessig-Booth Family Residence has provided 24/7 emergency shelter to more than 1,000 homeless individuals, over 600 of which were children. Each family resides in their own room and is provided with three meals a day, basic necessities, case management, and a safe and secure place to turn their life around. A family’s length of stay is relative to their progress in finding permanent housing; however, most families normally stay anywhere between one to three months.