C-U at Home's reduced hours at Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center, overnight shelters, and community outreach will end in early August. The Phoenix Center reopens noon to 5 p.m. beginning August 9th; overnight shelters open August 16th. Additional information is in the press release below.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (July 19, 2021) – C-U at Home, which has operated on a reduced service schedule since May 12, announces plans to fully restore its street outreach, overnight shelters and Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center services next month.
The Phoenix will return to regular hours, noon to 5:00 pm Tuesday-Friday, during the week of August 9. Both the men's and women's overnight shelters will reopen on August 16. All have been operating with reduced hours and limited capacity due to severe staffing shortages.
According to Rob Dalhaus III, C-U at Home’s Community Outreach and Development Director, the current “pause” in services has been a difficult but necessary step that has strengthened the ministry, improved its facilities, and enhanced the services it provides.
“During this time, we have made a lot of progress here at C-U at Home,” Dalhaus explains. “We have hired staff to fill all gaps in daytime positions and are finalizing hiring to fill the gaps in our overnight staffing as well. While we have made several updates to our building and programming, the staffing issue was certainly the largest hurdle to get over.”
Progress in staffing brings a new full-time Case Manager to the C-U at Home team who will begin work on August 9. The new Coordinator for the Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center will take up her duties on August 16.
The organization is planning a "We're Back!" event during the week of August 16th to celebrate its reopening and thank the community for its continued support during this "pause" in services. The event will feature live music, food, fellowship, and tours of improved facilities.
“We have missed our friends; we have missed providing services at the level we once did,” Dalhaus says. “We are thrilled to get back to full operations and are humbled and grateful for the prayers and support we have received during these past few weeks! We praise God for the opportunity to continue to be a strong resource to our friends without an address and provide services worthy of the overwhelming support we have received.”
C-U at Home is a non-profit ministry based in Champaign, Ill. Founded in 2011, they exist to engage and mobilize the community to house and support the most vulnerable homeless on their journey of healing and restoration. For more information, visit www.cuathome.us.
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