DIXON – The expense of building maintenance means fundraisers will become the norm for the Dixon PADS Homeless Shelter.
Shelter board President Vanessa White said about $10,000 was brought in from the first fundraiser in November, when people slept outside to have the brief experience of living without a home.
Now, the shelter is looking for sponsors and volunteers for its second fundraiser, which will be Sunday, June 22, at the Dixon VFW Hall, White said.
The event will include tacos, a 50/50 raffle, auctions, and performances by two bands – Route 38 and Mandy Lance.
The shelter, 805 W. First St., plans to have two fundraisers each year – one in the spring, and one in the fall that will likely the One Night Without a Home event.
“We’re replacing windows right now and doors, and we have a floor that’s busted through,” White said. “We’ve replaced two floors. We still have to get a $1,800 furnace that we’ve gotten an estimate on. We have to pay $2,000 for the garage roof.
“That $10,000-plus that we got in November is pretty much gone.”
If the shelter hadn’t raised the money in November, White said, the repairs wouldn’t be getting done.
Those repairs are in addition to the $2,400 a year the shelter pays for insurance, White said, adding that the shelter houses 16 residents so it gets more wear and tear than a typical home.
As of Thursday, White said, the shelter had two openings after recently placing a family of four that had been staying at the homeless shelter in Sterling, which is open from Oct. 1 through April 1.
White said the Dixon shelter gets about 12 residency applications a month. Applicants are screened for criminal and health history before being given a vacant spot.
Residents have 90 days to transition through the shelter and its program, White said, though they can apply for two 45-day extensions if they’re in the process of obtaining work or a home.
For more information about the Dixon PADS Homeless Shelter or to volunteer for a fundraising event, call 815-440-6598.