PORTSMOUTH — The generosity of the Portsmouth Eagles allows the Scioto County Homeless Shelter (SHC) to keep touching the lives of many in need.
Maureen Cadogan, executive director of the SHC, said the Portsmouth Eagles work behind the scenes to accomplish what is made possible out in the open.
“These funds come from the Portsmouth Eagles and it is from their instant Bingo. They been such a blessing to us. They have made a tremendous difference,” Cadogan said. “There are some people that are out front and you always see them, but these are the people that work behind the scenes to make sure that we are able to continue to help those that are less fortunate.”
The monies donated go a very long way, Cadogan said.
“This will go very far in helping us to make a difference and to help people to get on their feet, and to help them to find safe, affordable housing,” Cadogan.
Diana Coriell, supportive services case manager of SHC, said she does not know what they would do without the funds donated by the Portsmouth Eagles.
“We receive these checks from the Portsmouth Eagles four times each year. Whatever they have left in their tips, they donate it all to us,” Coriell said. “It is wonderful that they provide these funds because it allows us to be able to keep our services going and to help so many in need. We are able to keep our pantry, our electricity and gas, and provide meals here at the Shelter. I don’t know what we would do without these funds to be honest.”
There is currently a scarcity of rental property in the local area, which can be a challenge the homeless population Cadogan seeks to help.
“I talked to a host of landlords yesterday, who said they have never been this full before, so I don’t what is going on, but there has been so many people looking for housing that the housing stock has dwindled. So finding safe, affordable housing is becoming more of an issue,” Cadogan said. “
For information call the SHC at 740-353-4085.
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