Allied Churches to open new drop-in center for the homeless

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Allied Churches of Alamance County held an open house for its new drop-in center for the homeless Monday.

Allied Churches Executive Director Kim Crawford explains the Allied Resource Center and Day Shelter is more than just a shelter.

"Think of Allied Churches as triage. We're the connecting point. You come in and we take care of the emergency needs first. You get a place to stay off the street," Crawford said.

With 102 beds, it certainly provides that.

"The fastest growing population today of homelessness is women and children," Crawford said.

Even those who don't sleep there, can eat there.

"We're serving between 200 and 250 people a day in this small space."

Until recently, food and shelter were pretty much all that was provided at the shelter. Other resources like help with job searches, counseling and computer access were done in a separate facility.

"Now it's just Allied Churches, you can go for shelter, you can go for food and you can go for the assistance that people need, and it's all in one location." Crawford notes. "We have worked on the outside as well as on the inside to make this a welcoming place, because that's we believe that people deserve.

Monday's tour was a chance to show the public what Allied Churches does for the community.