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CBJ, Glory Hall & St. Vincent de Paul partner to offer homeless shelter & food services

April 15, 2020 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau, The Glory Hall, and St. Vincent de Paul Juneau have combined efforts to support the local homeless population during the COVID-19 health emergency. In recent weeks, the focus has been on how best to provide basic shelter and food services while allowing for appropriate social distancing measures. The following procedures have recently been implemented:

Sheltering

Since March 20, the Juneau Arts & Culture Center has been used as a cold weather shelter, operated by St. Vincent de Paul to immediately de-compress local shelters and prepare for ongoing COVID-19 response. The original contract between CBJ and St. Vincent de Paul was set to expire on April 15. It has now been extended for 3 months. The space can accommodate up to 71 cots with appropriate social distancing. The shelter will be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night. In the last two weeks, usage of the overnight shelter has increased 50 percent.

Food Service

The Glory Hall will move its food service operation for those in need to the Zach Gordon Youth Center covered area and provide meals daily. Breakfast will be served at 8:30, lunch at noon, and dinner at 6 p.m. This location will distribute food to other shelters as well as allow for a larger dining area with appropriate social distancing for those without other options.

Those interested in donating or helping these efforts can directly support Glory Hall and St. Vincent de Paul, or go to CBJ’s COVID-19 Volunteer, Donations and Assistance page.

For more information, contact CBJ Chief Housing Officer Scott Ciambor at 586-0220 or scott.ciambor@juneau.org. For more local news, information, and resources to help keep Juneau safe and healthy, go to juneau.org/covid-19.