Can you help us keep the emergency overflow shelter open on bitter cold New Bedford nights?

While the City of New Bedford has contributed $10,000 to the overflow shelter, that figure was less than half of what was necessary last season. This leaves Rise Up For Homes responsible to raise north of $10,000 to make sure they shelter is open on cold nights.

The hard cost to keep the overflow shelter open is $475 per night. That money is used for supplies, food, overhead, and security staffing to keep the shelter safe. Several Fun 107 sponsors stepped up immediately after hearing us talk about this on the air this morning. In additional to First Citizens Federal Credit Union, which has been instrumental in the effort to fight homelessness in New Bedford, we got instant supper from New Bedford Tile and Carpet and Cottage Street Motors.

We are looking for more businesses to donate $475 to help us keep the overflow shelter open for one more bitter cold night. We are also asking individuals to donate smaller amounts which can be pooled together to keep the shelter open. You can text the word "Riseup" to the number 50155 or click here to donate online.