HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been only six weeks since first stop underwent a management overhaul and things are changing fast.
“We changed everything from intake and screening process, we`ve seen a huge influx of people come in,” said Clete Wetli, Executive Director of First Stop, an organization helping Huntsville’s homeless.
First Stop now has about 270 case management clients, 150 more on their waiting list.
Wetli says in the past if someone signed up for services it could be months before they were seen. Now -
“We make sure to let them know they can use our day room facility even if they`re not a case management client.”
That includes letting them do laundry, shower, get two square meals, and soon be able to take part in educational sessions teaching them life skills – like putting together a budget – and marketable skills.
But to offer these services to their increasing client base, First Stop needs to hire two to three more case managers to help expand their program and get people off the waiting list.
After losing HUD funding used for salaries, they’ll need to raise $80,000 to do so.
First Stop will be holding a fundraiser Sunday September 28th at the Huntsville Roundhouse from 1 pm to 5 pm to help raise money to hire the help they need.
They are also inviting local service organizations to set up booths at the fundraiser to showcase all that goes in to finding housing, resources, and care for Huntsville’s homeless population.
The event will be catered by Five Guys, Nothing But Noodles, and Schlotsky’s, and feature live entertainment and door prizes. The cost of admission is only $5.