Shelter director seeks volunteers for homeless count

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — The shelter director for a faith-based group in eastern North Carolina is looking for volunteers to count homeless people next month, saying last year’s low count has resulted in the area having far too few beds.

Alice MacArthur of Religious Community Services tells The Daily News of Jacksonville ( that she estimates 500 homeless people live in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. But she says the homeless count in 2014 found only 90 people living on the streets, partially because just 12 volunteers participated.

To prove services for the homeless are needed, the count must prove a need exists.

MacArthur hopes to get enough volunteers on Jan. 27 to survey the three counties. Volunteers will receive training for the count. To assist, contact MacArthur at 252-633-2767 or Reeshema Walker at 252-514-4828, ext. 241.



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