Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday March 17, 2018
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
drawing of someone sleeping under snowflakes

Winter at Delonis

Dan Kelly gets the warming shelter ready.

by Eve Silberman

From the December, 2017 issue

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County director Dan Kelly, hired last spring to replace veteran leader Ellen Schulmeister, is preparing for his first big challenge: winter.

The warming center--a kind of shelter within the shelter--opened in mid-November. Essentially a large room with cots, it offers overnight stays to just about anyone who shows up. That includes people previously kicked out of the main Delonis Center shelter for violating rules against substance abuse or violence. On very cold nights, homeless advocates also try to bring in mentally fragile people who normally feel safer staying in sleeping bags under bridges. On the busiest nights last year, the warming center hosted some sixty-five clients.

A thirty-three-year-old social worker, Kelly brings "new energy" to the shelter, says Avalon Housing executive director Aubrey Patino. He unwinds from the stressful job with hiking and travel--when the Observer called with follow-up questions, he was on his way to Patagonia.

When he returns, he'll be following weather reports closely, knowing that when it's cold outside, Delonis will heat up.    (end of article)

[Originally published in December, 2017.]


Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Photo: Hey, Can You Help Me Out ?
Post Offices and Secretary of State
Little Free Pantry
A devastating loss inspired Paige Abdullah's DIY social service.
Anita LeBlanc
Individual Sports
Cue This
Improvising a play
Patrick Dunn
Snowbound Language, by Stephen Hiltner
Joel Mabus
Musical polymath
Sandor Slomovits
BP to Shell to Mobil
A downtown gas station's quick changes
Sabine Bickford
Janai Brugger
Poetic treasures and rarefied airs
arwulf arwulf
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Regent Hotel
Volvik L P G A championship May 21-27
Jared Dwarshuis Handyman and Home repaires