Crisis accommodation reopens 

Regular client of Shalom House, Carl, with Coordinator Gerry van der Wal. (Great Southern Live)

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Crisis accommodation provider Shalom House has opened its doors again in Albany to provide homeless males in the region a warm and safe place to stay during winter.

In its eighth year operating in Albany, the not-for-profit group runs a seven-bed facility on 3210 Albany Highway for homeless men over the age of 18 between the end of May and the beginning of October.

Shalom House is open all year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am-2pm as a drop-in centre.

At those times the home is available for a cuppa, access to an empathetic ear, laundry facilities, shower facilities, internet access, clothes and food for individuals.

To offer a bit more privacy, Shalom House are planning to convert the dormitory-style accommodation into individual rooms by the following winter.

“We are also working towards the further establishment of our community garden to grow vegetables for clients, disadvantaged families and individuals and volunteers,” it said.

“We are looking for any keen people with green fingers and some spare time on their hands to help us grow this project, either by mentoring clients in the gardening process or giving of their time to maintain the viability of the garden – and of course they would also be encouraged to grow vegies for their own use as well.”

For more information call Coordinator Gerry van der Wal on 0474 474 902.

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