The holidays are tough, but donations are needed to fund programs all year.
The holiday season poses unique challenges and opportunites for area non-profit organizations that assist the homeless. While most Washtenaw County residents celebrate the holidays at home or on vacation, area homeless still need places to stay.
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County remains open for 75 residents and individuals who need to stay at the warming center. Executive Director of the association, Ellen Schulmeister, says government and private grants are important to this work, but the shelter needs donations to fund programs that also run year-round. Schulmeister says the association has "about a million dollars to raise every year" which is the biggest challenge the association faces.
With the end of the year in view, people often turn their gazes toward those in need, as well as looking at their tax bills.