St. Albans Tim's House host donation drive

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The shelter provides temporary housing and assistance for those without homes in Franklin and Grand Isle communities. But Ben Kaufmann, program director at Tim’s House said because of the persisting housing crisis and dropping temperatures, each day has become more difficult to meet demand.

“Our waitlist right now is 34 people long to get into Tim’s house, emergency shelter. So that means 34 people who have nowhere to go,” Kaufmann said.

Kaufmann said on average the shelter has 30 to 50 visits a month which has risen to over 150 visits a month for the last couple of months.

One St. Albans man who asked to remain anonymous said turning to the shelter was a life-changing experience during a time when he felt hope was in short supply.

“I feel that people really care and people that are in a situation such as I am that goes a long ways,” he said.

St. Albans Tim's House host donation driveAnd as the number of people who rely on the shelter for resources increases, Kaufmann said the shelter hosted the drive with hopes that the community would provide needed support…and said he was overwhelmed by the force at which it did.