Do Crew to clean up basement of homeless shelter

Do Crew to clean up basement of homeless shelter

CBC Nova Scotia's Do Crew is looking for volunteers to help clear out Metro Turning Point's basement.  

Metro Turning Point is an emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness, including veterans. The shelter operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Men who stay there are provided a bed to sleep in, an evening snack, and guidance on how to reach out to other organizations that can help with whatever their needs are.

The shelter has 80 beds. Last year, they accommodated an average of 60 men per night.

Unusable donations piling up 

Generous community members have been donating to Metro Turning Point for a long time, but it turns out that many of the items dropped off aren't useful.

Metro Turning Point for example, doesn't give its clients used shoes or clothing, only new ones. There are bags and bags of clothes in the basement of the shelter.

The donations take up space and time as staff and volunteers sort through what has been dropped off.

The Do Crew will move all the unwanted items out of the shelter's basement into a truck that will take them away. We'll need a big crew so we can form a sort of bucket brigade.

If you are interested in being part of this month's Do Crew, here is what you need to know:

WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHO:  20 Volunteers
WHAT:  Clearing out unusable stored items in basement
WHERE:  Metro Turning Point, 2170 Barrington St., Halifax 

To volunteer or to get more information, email Louise Renault: docrewns@cbc.ca