Homeless Shelter to Be Warmer Now

Making it better - photo courtesy of Green DMV

Making it better - photo courtesy of Green DMV

Yesterday, about 20 people gathered downtown to make a homeless shelter cozier — good news for those who will spend Snowpocalypse II there.

Participants weatherized the doors at Gospel Rescue Ministries to block drafts and keep the inside warmer, which will save the shelter precious money on heating, too. They also brightened rooms with a new coat of paint.

Members of the first graduating class of Green DMV’s Greater Washington Green Jobs Corps led the project, guiding volunteers from DC and federal agencies and the Latin American Youth Center. The corps is DC’s only program that trains people from disadvantaged backgrounds to join the green economy.

In addition to snugging up the shelter, this project introduced shelter residents to the possibilities of entry-level green jobs.

An area resident since 1997, Donna C. is a DC outsider. When she’s not running her writing and Web business, she’s running around the city, exploring the great outdoors, or trying to figure out how best to go green. See why she loves DC.

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