VIRGINIA BEACH- The holidays are usually a time filled with presents, decorative lights and family, but not everyone here will have a place to go home to.
A place of their own, that is.
“We’re at full capacity,” said Kristin Ward, development director of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, in regards to the nonprofit’s singles homeless shelter. “There’s not enough beds right now to meet the need.”
According to the group’s website, the center is a “one-stop shop” for people who are homeless or are experiencing a housing crisis and combines a shelter, housing, day services center, health center and other services all in one building.
The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center runs the singles shelter for adults over 18. They have 51 beds in total: 20 for men, 18 for women, seven beds for those with disabilities and six flexible accommodation beds which can be used for LGBTQ individuals or as needed.
The men and women sleep separately, and each gender’s sleeping quarters include bunk beds and a shared bathroom.
Those needing shelter must call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-227-5932. The operator asks several intake questions to determine which housing service is best suited for the individual based on his or her circumstances and refers them to a housing program.
While the homeless can use the day services center to get help with housing, there is no guarantee they will get shelter at night, Ward said.
And this shelter isn’t the only facility at the Housing Resource Center at full capacity.
The Samaritan House which manages the short-term housing shelter for families at the center is also full.
The shelter has a total of 40 beds and also accommodates cribs.
Eva Fuze, marketing and events coordinator at Samaritan House, said the families are from Virginia Beach and include single moms and teens.
The Hooligans Car Club of Virginia and other business hosted a toy drive for the Samaritan House last week, providing enough donations so the nonprofit could give all the families staying at the housing shelter gifts, while volunteers from Prosper Insurance decorated the common area, Fuze said.
Christmas Eve, the moms and volunteers will wrap gifts while the staff members watch movies with the children.
It is not clear if there is a special meal planned at the short-term housing shelter or the singles shelter for Christmas.
Both the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center and the Samaritan House are accepting donations.
See the details below:
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd.
- Full sized toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, etc.
- Feminine hygiene products
- Sock and underwear for men and women (all sizes)
- Winter clothing, such as coats and jackets
Samaritan House, 2620 Southern Blvd.
- Laundry detergent for sensitive skin
- Sock and underwear
- Size 15 boys shoes and sneakers
- Toy and activities for kids ages 12-17 (book store gift cards, movie
- passes and bowling passes)
- Bus passes and/or Uber and Lyft tickets
- Items must be labeled at ‘HRC’