Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is asking for help with a Point-In-Time Count this Wednesday that they hope will give them a snapshot of the homeless population during one day in Sheridan County.
Nick Angeloff, path grant case manager with VOA, says the numbers go to the state and VOA is granted money to fund programs that help the homeless
A homeless person is not just defined as someone living on the street or at the community shelter; it could include someone living in a place not meant for a dwelling, such as a car.
It could also include someone in a transitional home, someone doubled up in a room or even a teenager “couch surfing” through different friends' homes.
Angeloff explains why it's especially important this year that they get as much help as they can.
If you know of someone, call the VOA office at (307) 672-0475 and ask for Angeloff. On Wednesday, they will verify information and go out to meet with the person.
The Point-In-Time Count will take place this Wednesday from 8 am to noon in the Kmart parking lot, and then from 2 to 7 pm in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The count is anonymous and food will be distributed at both locations on Wednesday, along with other resources for the homeless who attend. Rides are also available to the check-in locations, as well as posters that can be hung at local businesses.
Be sure to check the Public Pulse Archive for today's program [January 23rd, Part 2] to hear more from VOA representatives on the topic.