Help Opportunity welcomes the public’s assistance
I have been a long-time supporter of Opportunity Place and know that their team works incredibly hard to make sure the shelter is a healthy, safe environment for the families that stay there.
You recently published an article about their recent problems with bedbugs. Bedbugs are an issue that affect multiple venues, from family homes to five star hotels. It’s a shame that this article focused on a non-profit organization that is trying its best to serve its clients on a shoestring budget.
Opportunity Place takes a number of preventive measures to prevent bedbugs at the shelter. All mattresses are covered with bed-bug proof mattress protectors. Clients are required to wash or dry all clothing and linens before moving into their room. And this spring, they began an initiative to replace their wooden bunk beds with metal beds which are bedbug resistant.
As with many non-profits this is a tough fiscal year due to COVID, but Opportunity Place continues to invest in the safety and health of their residents and has great support in the community for those efforts: nearly all of the new bunk beds and mattress protectors have been donated by loyal supporters who are as committed to the families health and safety as the Opportunity Place team is.
The Daily News and the public can help by being as generous as possible with Opportunity Place and all the wonderful non-profits who provide shelter for anyone who cannot do it for themselves.
I have spoken with the director and know that they are doing everything they can to treat the bed bug issue and to ensure that all of the families and women who reside at Opportunity Place have a healthy, safe environment in which to live.
Gloria K. Frazier Shalimar