ELLSWORTH — Open in 1992, Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth has helped people for decades.
“The shelter serves a lot of people with our many different programs that we have, not only are we a shelter but we are a food pantry, and we have our free clothing room as well so on a monthly basis as well,” said Stacey Herrick, director of Emmaus Homeless Shelter.
The clothing and food stores operated by Emmaus reopened Monday, May 10.
Herrick said the tough months of the pandemic lead to challenges, but there is one key factor that helped them stay afloat — the community.
“We had to rely on the community a lot and the people who donate to us. There were times that we couldn’t get the items that we needed for sanitizing and we would reach out to the community and people would drive through and provide that,” she said.
Brian Hain is the property manager at Emmaus Homeless Shelter and said the pandemic has encouraged them to change their methods.
“As far as people getting food boxes, we went to delivering food boxes, which is a lot different than what I’m used to. I’m the old dog learning new tricks,” he said.
Randi Traylor is the clothing coordinator at Emmaus Homeless Shelter and said throughout the past year, people continued to donate clothes. “I am responsible for organizing donations and up keeping our free clothing room which is called renewed piece.”
Traylor says the clothing room is open to all.
“I want this to be seen as a great thing for everyone in the community. You don’t have to be homeless,” she said.