Dubuque Homeless Shelter Needs Volunteers Due to Overcrowding

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - This weekend's expected drop in temperature has a Dubuque homeless shelter in desperate need of help.

St. John's Lutheran Church's Almost Home shelter is usually open just during the winter months. Almost Home takes in the overflow of homeless men when the Dubuque Rescue Mission becomes too crowded. Almost Home is scheduled to open November 1, but Rescue Mission directors said they need the over flow shelter to open right now.

The Rescue Mission is already overcrowded and beds in this shelter are just sitting empty. With overnight lows projected to dip below 40 degrees, even more men are expected to need a place to stay.

At the Rescue Mission, there are normally 27 beds available to any man who needs somewhere to sleep. All of those beds are spoken for, so a couple days ago employees set up five extra cots in the hallways. Right now, the Mission is completely out of space.

In order for Almost Home to open early, they need volunteers to staff that shelter during the overnight hours.

"We're looking for people who have basic computer skills and really great people skills. We need someone who has a lot of compassion and empathy for the people we're going to be working with," Amanda Kisting, Almost Home's Director, said.

The overnight shifts go from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.
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