THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed the Director of the Welcome House Shelter, Stacey Miller (center) who updated the club on the shelter. On hand for the meeting were, from left, Michael Doughty, president elect; Miller and Joe Freeland.
Rotarians hear an update on operations at Welcome House
The Welcome House Director, Stacey Miller, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Crowley’s weekly luncheon.
Miller has been with the shelter for ten years and the director for five years.
She explains that over that time the shelter has seen shifts in residents such as individuals who became homeless due to terminal illness; men with children, and residents who grew up as wards of the state and have no place to go.
The goal of the shelter is to teach the residents the right way of life, since some were never given opportunity to succeed. In addition the residents are randomly drug tested and a strict zero tolerance policy is enforced.
In the year 2018 the Welcome House Shelter offered hope and”a hand up” for 881 homeless individuals. They also served 67,500 meals over the course of one year.
In 2018 the Welcome House was able to serve 769 Louisiana residents from 70 different cities in the bayou state. And, they also welcomed 112 homeless individuals from 12 other states such as Texas, Mississippi, Virginia, New York, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, Alabama, California, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Miller told Rotarians that the Welcome House is in dire need of basic supplies such as:
• Toilet paper
• Paper Towels
• Gallon Ziploc bags
• Hand Sanitizer
• Kitchen serving gloves
• Dish detergent
• Hand soap
• Any cleaning agents
• Washing powder
• Trash bags (55 and 13 gallon size)
The Welcome House Shelter is located at 24292 Crowley Eunice Hwy and is a 501(3c) non profit organization that donations are tax deductible. Receipts are offered to all donors. They can also be reached by phone at 337-783-7066