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Twin Oaks homeless shelter staff stress need for new shelter, new location in Walworth

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After many years serving the county’s homeless population with limited capacity and resources, the Twin Oaks team is looking forward to the move.

Elizabeth Knapp-Spooner started as a Twin Oaks intern almost nine years ago. She soon became the case manager, then shelter manager, and now works as the community programs director overseeing the shelter.

“Since I’ve started it’s always been our dream to have a new facility,” she said.

The aging building presents constant maintenance challenges, Knapp-Spooner said, especially during changes of the seasons. These maintenance issues threaten the standards of safety and comfort that the Twin Oaks staff strives to offer.

After installing new water lines, the shelter made it through its first winter with no frozen pipes last year, Shelter Manager Jim Stahl said. But the structure still struggles to hold up against the cold. The motel was constructed without much insulation, Stahl said, which limits temperature control.

An outdated plumbing system and failing roofs also keep costs high and staff concerned for residents.

CAI Public Relations Manager Beth Tallon recalled the year Twin Oaks got central air installed, thanks to funding from generous donors. She said upgrades like this are important for the residents’ experience at the shelter.

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