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Safe Harbor looking for volunteers ahead of opening for the winter

Safe Harbor in Traverse City is gearing up to open for the winter and they are looking for volunteers.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Traverse City homeless shelter is gearing up to open for the winter.

Safe Harbor provides a safe space for the homeless people in Traverse City during the winter months.

Last November, Safe Harbor officially opened after months of renovations and nearly four years of work.

This year, the facility is scheduled to open Saturday, November 3 but before that can happen, they need more volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, there are two ways you can do it.

According to Safe Harbor, the guests that use their facility are adults, over the age of 18, who are able to leave drugs and alcohol at the door in order to provide a safe environment for other guests and volunteers.

About 74-percent of the guests at Safe Harbor are from Grand Traverse County, 85-percent are from the five-county region and 93-percent are from the ten counties of northern Michigan.

Officials said they have seen an 85-percent increase in bed nights at Safe Harbor since 2012.

In 2017, Safe Harbor served 172 different adults who were experiencing homelessness.

The full 2018-2019 schedule of Safe Harbor is available online.

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