Community Open House at New Extreme Weather Shelter
S3 Housing Connect invites the community to attend an open house at The Bread of Life, which has been selected to operate as a “white flag” shelter for Sanford’s homeless population.
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the facility, located at the corner of Maple and Third streets. Attendees will learn more about S3 Housing Connect and its fundraising campaign.
Beginning December 1, 2017, The Bread of Life will open its doors as an extreme weather shelter, thanks to an Oct. 10 decision by Sanford’s Board of Adjustment to approve a request to convert the building’s first floor to a 20-bed shelter for men and women.
“Sanford and Lee County needed an emergency low barrier shelter to better serve its community and soon the shelter will be a reality,” says Mayor Chet Mann.
“We have reached another milestone in our history and all of our citizens will benefit.”How it works:
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees or there is a wind chill advisory (called “Code Blue Days”), The Bread of Life will open its doors to Lee County’s homeless population by raising a white “flag of safety” outside of the facility. The Bread of Life will also provide safety and sheltering services to Sanford’s homeless men and women during disaster conditions.
The Bread of Life Ministries, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is well known in the Lee County community for offering quality programs and services to individuals and families in need. The ministry operates on Thursdays as a food pantry and provides a free meal every Saturday.
“The Bread of Life is the ideal organization to house our first emergency shelter,” says Mann. “For years, it has been a servant leader in our community and through the hard work of our S3 Housing Connect task force and a gracious community, we now have the opportunity to serve those most in need in a better and more dignified way.”
“This is a great day for Sanford and Lee County and we are grateful for the collective effort that has gone into getting us to this place,” Mann says. “It is very special and rare that a community our size focusing on growth and economic development would also prioritize serving its homeless population to this extent.”
Formed in 2017, S3 Housing Connect is a 21-member task force working to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Lee County. For more information, visit www.s3housingconnect.com