Shepherd's Cove Clothing Pantry needs you help to stay open
The Shepherd's Cove Clothing Pantry has expanded from serving sixty families out of the back of a church to serving more than 300.And in October they got a big gift to help them out.
A brand new building with more than 30,000 square feet of space that they share with two other charities.And by doing so - they all can offer more services to those in need.
"We don't have any kind of limits on clothing," said Sharlee Morain, the executive director at Shepherd's Cove. "They don't have to prove their income, the only requirement is they have a need."
"We love it here," said John Shafer, the executive director of Chicago and Michiana Five for the Homeless. "We hope to stay here, the unique thing about being here is that we help each other."
But with their new building came a lot of new expenses.
"We had a large donation when we first opened last year and we've been running on that," Morain said. "But now the money has run out, so we're at scratch again."
Grants don't cover operating expenses like utility bills - so for now the charities are operating month-to-month based on donations.They're doing everything they can to keep their costs down - including having the thermostat set at about 55 degrees.
But the goal is to simply keep the doors open.
"We all need your help and support to continue doing what we do best," Shafer said. "That's meeting the needs of those who are the most needy."
"When they donate, they're the ones that are helping the community," Morain said. "It's not us, we're just passing through here. It's everybody here that is donating, they're helping those that need help."
If you want to help out, you can make a donation on their website at the link below: