The Good Neighbor Center is a 36-bed facility that serves up to 9 families at a time. The facility was built in 1999 and has been “updated” several times over the years. In 2007, Washington County gave us the building for $1 a year with the stipulation that it must remain a homeless shelter for 20 years.
The facility is open to the public 6am – 10pm 365 days a year and supported by volunteers, donations, grants, and various government funding programs. Individual donations make up 15% of our budget revenue. We have over 1400 volunteers that cook, babysit, do service projects and serve as overnight hosts. This volunteer model saves us up to $80,000 a year and 3 staff positions.
Families are eligible to come to the shelter through Community Connect, an operation of Community Action of Washington County, that places homeless families in our network of three shelter programs, Family Promise, Community Action and Good Neighbor Center. When we have an opening we request a referral and start the intake process. All families must be drug and alcohol free for at least three days prior to entering shelter. The goal of the facility is to help families become stable and transition into permanent housing.