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Volunteers needed for Point-in-Time Count in Aiken County

January 1, 2019

The Aiken County Point-in-Time Count is coming up in January, and volunteers are needed to help collect data.

The Point-in-Time Count gauges the housing stability of people in the community, and helps to provide data that can aid in allocating resources and getting funding.

“This project is one that we hope will give us a clear picture of the range of housing insecurity here in Aiken County,” said Lisa Tindal, executive director of Mental Health America of Aiken County, in a press release. “This is not just people who may be living in their cars, or an abandoned building, but those who rotate from the home of one family member or friend to another. Getting a clear picture of how homelessness presents itself here will help us to make a plan that works.”

Tindal said the count allows entities to demonstrate the need for funding or resources on the local, state and federal level. She said it also helps pinpoint areas that have a more critical need for resources.

Tindal said 20-25 volunteers are needed for the count. The volunteers would interview and complete surveys to determine the number of homeless individuals in the county during the weekend of Jan. 25 through Jan. 27, according to the release.

Two hour-long training sessions will be held on Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m., each at Mother Teresa Hall at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aiken. Volunteers must attend one of the training sessions, and must be at least 21 years old.

The Aiken County Homeless Coalition will also have sites where people can come, and received additional support, screenings and food.

One of those sites will be at Our Lady of the Valley on Friday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m., and the other is at St. Mary’s Help of Christians on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Point-in-Time surveys will be completed at St. Johns United Methodist Church Grace Kitchen, Friendship Baptist Church, and St. Thaddeus soup kitchen.

To inquire about volunteering, or for more information, contact Lisa Tindal at 803-641-4164, ltindal.ed.mhaac@gmail.com; or Bette Ross at 803-649-4777, ext. 101, bross@charlestondiocese.org.

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