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Homeless shelter opens soon

Veterans outreach event, wine-tasting fundraiser on tap

STERLING – The Twin Cities PADS Homeless Shelter is getting ready for a busy month.

The shelter at 111E. 29th St. opens a week from today, on Oct. 1, and will remain open until May 1.

On Oct. 4, PADS will sponsor a Stand Down event at the Rock Falls Armory in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nearly 40 vendors and organizations will be on hand, with the aim of getting resources and information to homeless and other veterans, PADS Director Myles Newberry said.

“It’s not just exclusive to homeless vets, but I think sometimes they just don’t know where to go,” he said. “This event is there to try and help provide a place for them to come into and feel safe. There’s a whole host of reasons why they might not feel safe.”

Like much of the homeless population, mental health issues play a big role among homeless veterans. Some are often suspicious of organizations or reluctant to seek help, Newberry said.

“[I’m] hoping that this puts it into a format that makes it safe and open to them. There’s all sorts of things that are available to vets that they might not even be aware of.”

There will be representatives from area shelters, the Department of Veterans Affairs, health care and mental health care professionals and job placement agencies, among others, he said.

PADS’ second Harvest Time wine-tasting fundraiser will be held Oct. 19 at Woodlawn Arts Academy. There will be wine and beer, cheese and other food, live music, raffles and door prizes.

With less than a month until the shelter opens, volunteers are needed to help with various elements of the operation, such as cooking for the residents. The shelter also accepts food, clothing and other donated items.

For more information

Go to or call 815-535-6886 to contact Twin Cities PADS.

The Stand Down event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Rock Falls Armory, 716 Sixth Ave. Veterans are asked to register by calling 211, a local social services hotline, but are not required to.

The Harvest Time wine-tasting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling. Tickets are $30, or $50 for a couple.

RSVP to the shelter by Oct. 12.

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