Saturday, January 19, 2008

Rotary Learns Shelter Serves 120,000 Meals A Year!

Kathleen Muldoon, Deputy Director of the Lowell Transitional Living Center, told the MV Rotary Club members recently that the mission of the shelter is not just to service people, but to help them get out of their living situation.

Their clients include all sorts of people including people in three piece suits as well as 18 year old young people who have been thrown out of their houses.

Normally they are a dry shelter, but during the cold winter days she says they will take in anyone. And they need not just come from the Lowell area. She has some people that will travel long distance to get there.

They serve 120,000 meals a year and they are a 90 bed facility, which has been running at capacity throughout this winter. She said that one of the challenges they are dealing with right now is that food banks are running short of supply. But, she explained, the kitchen does a great job with the limitations that they have.

The shelter has a very dedicated staff. Many of the staff at the shelter work work small pay and need extensive training because of the circumstances that they are working under.

Some ideas projects they are working on include long term detox programs, working with people to get their GEDs, starting up a book club, and offering makeup for women.

According to their web page: "We believe that a consistent, focused, client driven approach towards addressing the tragedy of homelessness is the best and most effective method towards ending these crises. There is hope. There is help. Here, at the Lowell Transitional Living Center, we focus all our
efforts in facilitating a positive change in people’s lives. At LTLC we end homelessness. . . .one person at a time."

If you would like more information on the center you can visit their web page at:

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