On Feb 16, 2016, 7 members, 2 wives and 1 daughter of the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club headed by Lion John Nogle, made a meal for the residents of the SCAAP Franklin County Homeless Shelter. What a wonderful experience it was for all. Everyone pitched in to make a special winter time Barbecue. It didn’t matter that we had lots of snow on the ground leftover from our recent 30+ inch snow storm. The staff at the Shelter shoveled snow off the patio area and grill so we could cook our food. The delicious meal consisted of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings, baked beans, Cole slaw, potato salad, tomatoes, chips, pickles and soda. Special homemade treats of delicious deviled eggs and cupcakes were made by the wives of our Lions - Maria Pierson and Nancy Hull respectively.
After dinner, we asked Brian, one of the staff members, to tell us about the shelter and he said that residents can stay for 30-60 days. They have to obtain a job within the first two weeks. Once they have a paycheck, a portion of it is held in a savings account and when there is enough money in the account, the staff will help the resident find appropriate housing and connect them with SCCAP partner programs or community partner agencies to help them meet their needs that will help them get started in their new lives. While they are at the shelter, each resident signs up for special daily chores. Brian said that anyone who comes to the Shelter either drunk or high on drugs will be turned away.
The Shelter is a nice, safe and clean place to come if you are homeless and need a helping hand. The evening staff Brian and Jorden were very welcoming and professional. This was the second year we’ve made a meal for the homeless at the Shelter and we are looking forward to coming back again next year.
Pictured L to R: Two residents, Maria Pierson, Lions Sandy Decker & John Hull, resident, Nancy Hull, Lion Jim Fegan, Malory Neus, Lions Gary Neus, John Nogle, Vic Pierson & Dave Decker, resident.