Campaign raises $100,000 to broaden homeless services

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B

Four homeless shelters in the Sacramento area will be able to expand their winter programs this year thanks to a campaign that has raised $100,000, county Supervisor Phil Serna announced Monday.

Serna, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada and CBS Channel 13 (KOVR) and Channel 31 (KMAX) sponsored the campaign to raise funds for temporary shelter for homeless people this winter.

The money will benefit St. John's Shelter for Women and Children, Volunteers of America, Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center and the Salvation Army. The shelters will be able to add beds or extend their winter programs for up to two months, said Serna.

In addition, churches and other religious groups are housing single men and women on a rotating basis, offering them a place to spend cold and rainy winter nights.

Overall, the efforts should accommodate some 250 people, officials said.

Advocates for the homeless estimate that on any given night in Sacramento County, at least 1,000 people are without permanent shelter.

Contributors to the "Goodwill Challenge," which was launched in September, included Winn Communities, Sutter Health Sacramento, Sierra Health Foundation and Western Health Advantage.

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