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Harrisburg organization to provide shower facility for the city’s unhoused

Amiracle4sure Director Marsha Curry-Nixon and son Tim White, director of operations

With Harrisburg’s unhoused population in need of a place to shower, Marsha Curry-Nixon decided she had to take action to address the problem.

Starting on Monday, her organization, Amiracle4sure, will offer its office building on State Street in Allison Hill as a place for people experiencing homelessness to take showers.

“We need to meet people where they are,” said Curry-Nixon, the organization’s director. “We came into this business to serve, and this just creates another opportunity.”

Curry-Nixon, a member of the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH), will partner with other organizations affiliated with CACH to provide the shower service, “Showers on State.”

According to Randie Yeager, Dauphin County human services director and a member of CACH, the need for showers has been exacerbated by the pandemic, during which some nonprofits that provided shower services either closed or reached maximum capacity.

Within its building, Amiracle4sure, a re-entry program, has two showers and several bathrooms that will be utilized. Anyone in need of a shower is welcome to come to the office, located at 1735 State St., Curry-Nixon said. They will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Curry-Nixon expects that the facility will service around 15 to 20 people each day that they are open.

Towels, soap and other showering items will be provided.

In addition to showers, CACH will provide snacks and drinks. There will also be a laptop for checking emails and an electronic device charging station. Amiracle4sure will also wash clothes for those in need.

Currently, CACH, along with Dauphin County and the city, is weighing a proposal to turn the long-vacant Paxton Fire House building in Shipoke into a showering and service center for the city’s unhoused. According to Yeager, they are still seeking funding and an organization that could manage the facility.

For now, “Showers on State” will assist in providing what Curry-Nixon described as a basic need for residents.

“I want to put action behind words,” Curry-Nixon said. “You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.”

For more information about Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, visit their website. To learn more about Amiracle4sure, visit their website.

 

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