Shelter in need of help

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff

  The Shepherd's Inn is making a plea to the Elizabethton and Carter County community to help raise funds for the shelter.
  According to Paul Gabinet, director of The Shepherd's Inn, the occupancy rate of the shelter, which serves victims of domestic violence and the temporarily homeless, is 75 percent higher this year than it was during 2003.
  The higher occupancy rate and the lack of available grant moneys for such shelters has begun to put a strain on The Shepherd's Inn. "It is 100 percent supported by the gifts of our community. Contributions are needed to sustain the shelter," Gabinet said. "This has been the most challenging year we have had financially."
  Faced with financial adversity, Gabinet has turned to the community for support.
  "We are asking the churches of Elizabethton and Carter County to help us out with this," Gabinet said. "It's our community's only shelter for victims of D.V. (domestic violence) and women and children who are temporarily homeless."
  One of the ways that the shelter hopes to raise funds is by having a rummage sale this Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Tri-Cities Flea Market located on U.S. Highway 11 (The Bristol Highway) between Johnson City and Bristol.
  "We are asking people to work with their churches and bring in items to their churches for the rummage sale," Gabinet said, adding that individuals can also make contributions.
  Gabinet said that items such as household needs, working electronics, dishes, and cookware are needed for the rummage sale. He is also asking that no clothing be donated for the sale.
  The shelter will also accept donated vehicles, Gabinet said. "It's a great way to get a tax deduction slip," he said.
  Items which are being donated for the sale should be turned in to the shelter no later than Friday, Gabinet said.
  Gabinet is also asking local churches to help the shelter by taking up quarterly love offerings for the shelter so as not to strain the their budgets.
  Anyone interested in donating items for the sale or wishing to make a cash donation to the shelter can do so by calling Paul Gabinet at (423) 542-4445.