SHEM seeks volunteers to help with homeless


December 14, 2022

Scott Swanson

Cindy Rice, left, of SHEM, receives a check for $500, donated by the Sweet Home Rotary Club, from Rotary President Rose Peda.

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries is busier than ever, but SHEM is lacking volunteers, leaders of the organization said last week in a presentation to the Sweet Home Rotary Club.

Cindy Rice, who manages SHEM's food pantry but has long served as the organization's de facto leader and spokesperson, said the number of homeless clients has surged and the "client volume is increasing" all around.

"It's just incredibly hard for me to see," she said of the growing number of homeless in Sweet Home, who extend well beyond individuals visible on the streets.

Last year, Rice reported, SHEM served a t...

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