Partners launch drop-in center for homeless


The entrance to Refresh: Hygiene and Hope. Courtesy Community Action House

A nonprofit and a church have opened a drop-in center to provide relief for people experiencing homelessness.

First United Methodist Church of Holland and Community Action House, or CAH, are partnering to create the Refresh: Hygiene and Hope program for people in the Holland area.

The drop-in center is meant to offer respite and a sense of community, with guidance in accessing other critical resources, the partners said.

The center will offer free showers and mail service, as well as coffee, snacks, free Wi-Fi, computer access and assistance from CAH’s Street Outreach staff at the center.

Two CAH staff are working in the center alongside church volunteers, who are being trained to offer supportive services.

The drop-in center is open from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays in the main common room of First United Methodist Church in Holland, at 57 W 10th St.

The program is closely aligned with CAH’s Homeless Street Outreach Program, launched in October 2017 with the goal of connecting people facing housing challenges with resources to achieve stable housing.

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