Overflow homeless shelter in Dubuque needs volunteers after slow start to season

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -- A homeless shelter in Dubuque is asking for more volunteers and resources as the temperatures get colder.

Almost Home on White St. in Dubuque

Almost Home on White Street is open just over the winter months and it's just now filling up as the winter gets colder.

It expects to be at capacity by the end of the week, so it's put out a call for volunteers to help through the busier time.

"For us, volunteers are very, very important because of the hospitality aspect of Almost Home," Executive Director Gwen Kirchhof said. "Getting to know the men, and getting to know their needs, so we can break down these barriers to employment."

The shelter helps connect the men who stay there to jobs and other resources. Kirchhof said they accept donations of heavy duty work clothing, such as coats, jeans, steel toed boots, socks and gloves.

Along with the homeless shelter, Kirchhof operates the Open Closet in the same building, which donates clothes and other household items to people in need. Kirchhof said blankets are really needed right now.

Visit the  Almost Home website for information on how to donate or volunteer.