Community CARES (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter)
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Description of Service
EMERGENCY SHELTER: coordinate and provide overnight emergency shelter to over 400 individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout Cumberland and surrounding counties 365 days a year. Clients will sleep on mats in churches and are provided bedding and a location to store beading daily. When appropriate transportation to and from the overnight shelters.
RESOURCE CENTER: a day center where shelter residents perform basic tasks such as; shower, laundry, cook meals, make phone calls, receive mail and messages, lockers to store personal items. The center also acts as a place of contact for other community services like weekly medical assessments by local doctors, monthly oral exams by local oral surgeon, and monthly intake completion by Merakey professional. Residents’ weekly work with a supportive services coordinator to establish goals; provide accountability with personal budget and credit report, employment search, and advocate on client’s behalf when necessary with the goal of reaching a sustainable plan to transition to a permanent housing solution.
Cumberland (Carlisle and surrounding area)
For Shelter: Screening on-site from Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pmOR Call 211 for screening into shelter system, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (evening and weekend referrals not available)
All shelter guests are required to go through a National Criminal Investigation Check (N.C.I.C). Visit the Carlisle Police Station at:240 Lincoln Street, Carlisle
Criminal Sexual Offenders who appear on the Megan's Law are NOT admitted into the CARES program.
Monthly Shelter Rotation:
Carlisle American Legion
First Evangelical Lutheran
First United Church of Christ
Carlisle United Methodist Church
Plainfield First Church of God
Carlisle Quaker Meeting
Unitarian Universalist of the CV
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Mt Holly Church of God
First Church of the Brethren
Life House Church
For Resource Center: In order to use the Resource Center, must be a client of the shelter.For Shelter: Single men/women over the age of 18, as well as families are eligible for services. All shelter guests were required to go through a National Criminal Investigation Check (N.C.I.C.) Visit the Carlisle Police Station at 240 Lincoln St, Carlisle to obtain NCIC clearance and bring that with you when you come to the shelter. Criminal sexual offenders who appear on the Megan's Law list are not admitted to the C.A.R.E.S program.
Hours of Operation
Emergency Shelter,9:00pm to 7:00am Resource Center, 7:00am to 9:00pm Volunteer Opportunities, 24/7