St. Benedict’s new shelter for women and family services opens today. This shelter is located at 905 Hickman Ave.
Harry Pedigo, Executive Director at St. Benedict’s, said the new women and family shelter is ready to provide case management, WiFi, a technology center, resource center, laundry facility and shower facility. Pedigo said Audubon Area Community Services will provide a wide range of services to women and families as well.
“We have a play area for children with sensory toys and games to stimulate learning,” Pedigo said. “We have a TB area for individuals waiting to use amenities or to make an appointment with a services provider.”
Pedigo hopes the new shelter will build relationships with local daycares to assist in aiding single parents with childcare for a few hours a day while they search for homes or employment.
The shelter will open as a day shelter for single parents, women and families from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We will do a risk assessment and needs assessment to determine what services are needed if prevention or intervention is needed to deter homelessness,” he said.
Single men needing services should go to 1001 W. 7th St. as the same services are provided at that men’s shelter.