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  • 08/25/2010 - Showers open for homeless, but more volunteers needed

    Showers open for homeless, but more volunteers needed.
    The Basic Hygiene Center, 516 E. First St., Port Angeles, serves individuals and families without access to showers or laundry facilities.

    Owned and operated by Serenity House of Clallam County, the hygiene center is open from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Other days and evening hours will be added as volunteers step forward.

    Volunteers sign in guests, pass out personal care and laundry supplies, offer items from an on-site clothes closet and refer users to other resources as needed.

    "We haven't had a single problem with the people using the showers," said Sandra Enger, volunteer crew chief.

    People can help by donating personal grooming toiletries, laundry supplies and financial support. Toothpaste, razors, combs and men's clothing especially are needed.

    The hygiene center, next door to Serenity House's Street Outreach Shelter and across from the Housing Resource Center and teen Dream Center in the agency's Tempest building, also will serve as a warming station on freezing winter days.

    Serenity House staff, volunteers and community service workers handled most renovations, beginning last fall with the Port Angeles Fire Department's Day of Caring demolition crew and ending with KeyBank and Serenity House employees volunteering to clear and spruce up the west side entryway for the Aug. 2 quiet opening.

    A Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund grant, materials from The Home Depot's Gifts In Kind program and other local business and corporate donors supported the construction phase. Still needed are two wall mirrors, towel racks and a pathway.

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