Helping Zanesville’s Homeless

by Erika Brooks on February 1, 2013 at 6:20 am

For those with no place to stay there’s another option to get out of the cold.

For the last year a shelter has been available for the homeless at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Pierce and Putnam Avenue. The shelter is open during the evenings seven days a week. Creator Joyce Spears began helping the homeless over two years ago by delivering them food but she soon realized more needed to be done.

"Some of the folks we’ve helped get apartments and encourage them to get jobs and they are, they’re getting jobs, they’re getting apartments. Some of them have to move away because of a job but a lot of those folks that move away call me and let me know how they’re doing," said Spears.

Because the shelter is only open at night, Spears has a goal to establish a resource center in Zanesville to provide assistance whenever it’s needed.

"It would be a place they could come to do their laundry and take showers, there would be a computer lab there that they can look for jobs on, a kitchen that they can cook in."

Donations, money and clothing or bedding items as well as volunteers are needed for the shelter, anyone interested in helping out, can contact Joyce Spears at, (740) 684-1059