December 2015 Newsletter

Longest Night Service

A Spring Update from Flagstaff Shelter Services

Check out what we've been up to at Flagstaff Shelter Services and learn how you can get involved by reading our email newsletter here! We've got info on our upcoming event, Feast for Flagstaff, as well as a letter from Executive Director Ross Altenbaugh, plus much more.

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Flagstaff Shelter Services Presents “Feast For Flagstaff” Fundraiser

Flagstaff Shelter Services’ (FSS) successful annual fundraising event, formerly known as “Four Squares for the Homeless,” is being reinvented this year with a new name, format, and location. The “Feast for Flagstaff: One Delicious Night, A Shelter for All Seasons” tasting event presented by the Forest Highlands Foundation will be held 7-10 p.m., on Saturday, April 11 at Forest Highlands, with all proceeds supporting the organization’s mission of providing year-round shelter and services for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Feast for Flagstaff will ...

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Tickets to ‘Feast for Flagstaff’ now on sale

Join us Saturday, April 11th at Forest Highlands - Canyon Country Club from 7:00-10:00 PM for Feast for Flagstaff. Enjoy craft cocktails and culinary creations from local chefs, dance the night away to live music, and bid on an array of products and services from local businesses. One delicious night helps provide shelter for those in need all year round. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from the event will support Flagstaff Shelter Services’ mission of providing year-round shelter, resources, and vital services to those experiencing homelessness in the ...

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Counting the homeless in Flagstaff – The Arizona Daily Sun

“On the street.” “Under a bridge.” “Camping outside.” “Emergency shelter.” These are some of the answers given by people experiencing homelessness in Flagstaff during a count conducted by local social service agencies volunteers last summer. The numbers give the city, county and social service agencies the information they need to fight homelessness in Coconino County. For the past week, volunteers in Coconino County and across the state have been at it again, conducting a homeless count in winter to fill out the picture of homelessness in ...

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When the shelter is full – The Arizona Daily Sun

Sal, 56, is experiencing homelessness in Flagstaff. He calls it “in transition.” He suffers from a mental illness he terms “hyper mania” and he struggles to stay away from the booze. He plans to start taking the drug Antabuse soon to stop drinking. Sal’s last name isn’t being used to protect his identity. He’s training to become a tax preparer, he said, and he needs to study for the exam. He currently stays at Flagstaff Shelter Services, but the shelter, which houses 86 people — 77 men and nine women — fills to capacity every night now that the ...

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Flagstaff shelter goes to year-round overnight service – The Arizona Daily Sun

Since it began in 2007, Flagstaff Shelter Services has offered overnight services only during the coldest months of the year, mainly October through April, with some exceptions. This year, with the hiring of a new executive director in August, the shelter will now remain open year-round. “We had to say it’s happening and believe in ourselves,” said Ross Altenbaugh, executive director of Flagstaff Shelter Services. “The community needs this service.” Altenbaugh took over the reins in late August when the shelter was scheduled to close for the season. Read more ...

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