By: Todd Spitzer, Chairman, OC Board of Supervisors
The County of Orange Armory Emergency Shelter Program is now open at the Fullerton Armory and Santa Ana Armory locations, and volunteers are needed.
“The Armories serve over 1200 clients who need our shelter, food and prayers. This service is needed during the cold weather season. I hope that we can do even better for our less fortunate,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
Both Armory locations are tentatively scheduled to remain open seven days a week through April 15, 2015 based on funding. The Armory Emergency Shelter Program will offer hot meals, showers, clothing, blankets, a safe place to sleep, and shelter from the winter weather, as well as other supportive services to approximately 400 homeless individuals per night.
The program is operated by Mercy House, a nonprofit organization. Last year, the Armory Program provided 44,032 bed nights and served 2,077 unduplicated clients. The success of the Armory Program is largely due to the collaborative efforts of County agencies, churches, nonprofit agencies and dedicated individuals who generously volunteer their time.
The armories are located at:
Santa Ana Armory, 612 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana. Bus pickup takes place 5 p.m. at Flower Street and Civic Center Drive, near Sixth Street, and 5:30 p.m. at 1901 W. Walnut Ave.
Fullerton Armory, 400 S. Brookhurst Road, Fullerton. Bus pickup takes place 5 p.m. at the northwest side of La Palma Park, 1161 N. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, on North La Palma Parkway between Harbor Boulevard and Homer Street.
For more information go to mercyhouse.net or call 714-836-7188, ext. 131.