80 people from Norfolk’s temporary homeless shelter moved to Scope to weather the storm
A team of volunteers helped pull people out of the city’s temporary homeless shelter from the elements.
NORFOLK, Virginia – Teams from the town of Hampton Roads have started preparing early for Tropical Storm Elsa.
Norfolk Stormwater crews cleared the drains and a team of volunteers helped pull people out of the town’s temporary homeless shelter from the elements.
The volunteers got to work Thursday morning covering the cots and tents at the shelter.
âWe wanted to take extra precautions,â said Sarah Fuller, director of the Norfolk Community Services Council.
The shelter opened in May at the Old Greyhound Bus Station.
Tents are set up in the closed parking lot, and there are a variety of services inside. But with the weather risky in the forecast, city officials were unwilling to take any chances.
âIt’s going to be a lot of wind, a lot of rain,â Fuller said. âWe want to make sure everyone stays safe and dry tonight. “
Fuller said he transferred more than 80 people to the Norfolk Scope Arena.
âWe just bring rugs and blankets with us, it’s very minimalist,â Fuller said. âWe’re only here for one night. “
In recent months, the shelter has also created a sense of community.
âThe last thing we want people to feel is that this is just a refuge, something that they come and exist in,â said Jordan Brown, director of the Urban Renewal Center. . “We want them to be upward, mobile and even in these stormy situations we want them to know they are taken care of.”
Fuller said they are constantly on the lookout for volunteers to keep this safe space up and running.
âVolunteering is great, and we want it to be a community business here at this location,â Fuller said.
The city is working on a permanent shelter location and hopes to open it this fall.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Pastor Jim Wood at [email protected]