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Ashland Training Shelter Volunteers

1-05 jbo homelessASHLAND, Ore. – The city of Ashland is training more volunteers to staff their crowded homeless shelters.

The city’s Community Emergency Response Team — or CERT — will train both their volunteers and members of the community this week.

Current homeless shelter volunteers say they’re seeing as many as 25 to 30 people come in on a typical night, compared to around 15 or so last year.

They say the training is mostly for those want to volunteer through the night.

“We welcome people who want to have other volunteer opportunities, but our most significant need is for people who want to sleep on the floor overnight with the guests,” said Barbie Breneiser, host coordinator with Ashland’s First Presbyterian Church.

Between local churches and city properties, Ashland has shelter available Monday through Thursday each week.

The training will be held Wednesday, January 8th, from 6:30-8:00 at the Ashland fire station on East Main and Siskiyou.