Wyoming Community Foundation awards $10,000 to Sheridan Community Shelter

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Volunteers of America (VOA), was awarded a one year grant of $10,000 by the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) to provide for the needs of the homeless in Sheridan County. The Sheridan Community Shelter, located on the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, has provided services to homeless individuals in Sheridan County since 1998. Through the outstanding service provided, the shelter established a three-year accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This is the highest level of accreditation a rehabilitation facility can achieve. “People find themselves at the shelter for many different reasons, but for each individual one thing rings true; there is nowhere else to turn,” said Claude Alley, Director of Homeless Services for VOA. “We work to give them a hand up instead of a hand out. Through case management with our staff, they set goals and it gives them something to work towards to gain self-sufficiency. We want to see them be successful.” The shelter can accommodate up to 30 individuals per night, with separate men’s, women’s and family accommodations. “Over the last four years we have served approximately 300 individuals per year at the shelter,” Alley said. “That’s over 8500 nights of sheltered sleep and over 14,000 meals each year. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the great partners like the Wyoming Community Foundation.” The WYCF is a statewide non-profit organization that grants approximately $4.5 million to non-profits across Wyoming every year. The WYCF connects people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. “We are grateful for the support from the Wyoming Community Foundation,” said Heath Steel, Chief Operating Officer for VOA. “Their support and generosity will make a difference in the lives of Sheridan county residents through the work we do every day.” The award is made possible through two local funders; the Sheridan Area Opportunities Fund and the Kim and Mary Kay Love Family Donor Advised Endowment Fund, according to the VOA. *Feature photo: Sheridan VAMC h/t Sheridan VA* #dally #news