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Worcester Co. Helping Homeless With Community Resource Day

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Community Resource Day in Ocean City Community Resource Day in Ocean City
Community Resource Day in Ocean City Community Resource Day in Ocean City

WORCESTER CO., Md. - Jessica Sexauer, a services coordinator for the Worcester County Health Department says that she has "seen an increase in the amount homelessness on our area."

The issue is one that the health department and others are trying to combat.  One way is through the Community Resource Days for the Homeless.

"If the community doesn't know about the resources available, it's really hard to meet their needs," said Sexauer. "These resource days [are] a way to offer them the support and services they need that they may not know exists."

Diakonia is an Ocean City organization that serves as a shelter, a food pantry and other homelessness services.

"We help to catch up with rent or pay those things that might prevent them from staying in their homes," said Claudia Nagle, Diakonia executive director.

Nagle says the need keeps increasing. Last year during Diakonia's fiscal year (from July to December), the shelter served 216 guests and turned away 901.

The same time frame this year, 235 guests and 981 turned away.
    
"It's really hard to get the exact number out an exact count because population is a very transient population," said Sexauer.

"We actually have a few people who are staying here with us who had been living in some of the communities in the woods and tents, etc," said Nagle.

Organizers say gathering numbers is helping the homeless get support during and after the resource day. So, organizers will do another point-in-time survey to get an accurate number of homelessness in the county.  

"We know that those numbers sort of drive the bus of funding and this is a way to get as many people out as we can," said Nagle.

The Community Resource Day will be at the Snow Hill Christian Church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Officials say they are still looking for donations, especially personal hygiene products.     

If you'd like to donate, you can contact Donna Taylor with Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. at 410-641-4598.

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