• Samantha Adams | SAWC

Ann Arbor Observer - Winter at Delonis

From the December, 2017 issue

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County director Dan Kelly, hired last spring to replace veteran leader Ellen Schulmeister, is preparing for his first big challenge: winter. 

The warming center--a kind of shelter within the shelter--opened in mid-November. Essentially a large room with cots, it offers overnight stays to just about anyone who shows up. That includes people previously kicked out of the main Delonis Center shelter for violating rules against substance abuse or violence. On very cold nights, homeless advocates also try to bring in mentally fragile people who normally feel safer staying in sleeping bags under bridges...


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