Posted by admin | Posted in baby shower | Posted on 06-04-2012-05-2008
The gifts brought to a “shelter shower” Saturday at Bridgehouse homeless shelter in Lompoc were perhaps not as much fun as those given at bridal or baby showers, but were certainly important.
The recently reopened shelter on Sweeney Road was low on supplies including paper goods, toiletries, cleaning items, bedding and towels.
To fill the need officials invited the public to a ‘shelter shower” Saturday where they accepted donations of the much-needed items.
Tables at the shelter were piled with paper plates, paper towels, hair products and deodorant as community members turned out to drop off bags of goods.
Bridgehouse shelter reopened earlier this month after being closed for nearly two months due to budget constraints.
Regional foundations stepped in to help fund the facility through the fiscal year.
“We just opened, so we’re trying to keep up with the demand,” said Pat Brady, Bridgehouse administrator.
Someone suggested the idea of a shower to shelter administrators, who organized the event.
“It’s a great idea,” Brady added.
Many who come to the shelter have little in the way of belongings, she said.
“Some of them may show up with nothing, just the clothes on their back,” Brady said.
Others have a few belongings, but not hygiene items.
“They don’t carry them with them, like razors, bars of soap,” Brady said.
In addition to accepting donations, Bridgehouse docents also provided shelter tours and offered refreshments at Saturday’s event.
Samantha Yale Scroggin/Staff Writer