The days are longer and the sun is warmer. The time has come for Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter) to wrap up its season as the local cold-weather homeless shelter. It is also the time when we stop to thank our community for its support and tell them what that support has accomplished.

What a season this has been. As our 2020-21 season approached, with the uncertainty of Covid, our Board struggled to find a way to open safely. We opted to open later and close earlier and to house our guests in local motels for their safety and the safety of others, a very different model from our usual sheltering in local churches (which had been forced to close).

Christine Kellett is chair of Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter.

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