For this week’s installment of crafting for a cause, we spoke to Ann Helmke, director of Vincent Village, a shelter for homeless children and adults.
Two-thirds of the people Vincent Village serves are children. Many times the children are those of a single mother and the shelter is their last hope, Helmke said.
They’ve probably lived in eight or nine different places and every time they’ve moved, they’ve moved in a hurry and had to leave things behind, Helmke said. They’ve already been through a lot by the time they walk through the shelter door.
And, so, Vincent Village can certainly use any handmade items someone may offer, she said.
In addition, extra items collected because of the generosity of crafters in northeast Indiana also can be used in backpacks local agencies pass out during the annual homeless count in January, she said.
Anything donated should be machine washable and dryable.
Items such as hats, scarfs, mittens and blankets would be greatly appreciated and anything given to residents of Vincent Village will go with them when they leave, Helmke said. The shelter can house up to 12 families at a time, and when the families leave, the shelter sends their bedding with them, so there is a constant need to replenish blankets, sheets and pillow cases, Helmke said.
Anyone with questions can call Shirley Rork at the shelter at 456-4172, ext. 223, and items can be dropped off at the shelter just about any day of the week. Items can also be dropped off at the shelter offices, 2827 Holton Ave., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, go to www.vincentvillage.org.
And, remember, you can find free knit and crochet patterns under the Crafty Living Patterns link at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving.