Donate a Warm Coat to Help Ford Street/Buddy Eller Clients

Warming communities one coat at a time
Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
Updated: 11/09/2010 02:54:54 PM PST

Ukiah Tattoo Company helps local people in need stay warm

The Daily Journal

Ukiah Tattoo Company is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes sizes are welcome. One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults. The program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.

Ukiah Tattoo Company has made donating a coat simple. Just bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to 413 S. State Street anytime between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21 during the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. All coat donors will be given the option to enter a drawing to win one of two Ukiah Tattoo Company gift certificates worth $100 each. Drawing entry is optional. One entry per coat donated and one prize per person. Gift certificates are transferrable and can be used by the winner or gifted to any designated recipient. All donated coats will be given to The Ford Street Project- Buddy Eller Center for distribution to local men, women, and children in need.

About the Buddy Eller Center: The 64-bed Buddy Eller Center homeless shelter opened its doors on June 1, 2004. The facility is open throughout the year and offers nightly shelter to homeless families and individuals as well as showers to the general homeless population. Other services include: drug/alcohol counseling, referral to Ford Street treatment, crisis intervention through the Department of Mental Health, health care and screening (including dental referrals), assistance in obtaining transitional and permanent housing, job training and employment assistance. Recovery meetings, include dual diagnosis groups are on site as well. Services are free to guests but stays are limited in length due to volume of need. All guests are obliged to respect other residents and to comply with shelter rules and the terms of their service agreement. Funding for this facility is provided by The Mendocino Department of Social Service, FESG, United Way, Erickson Foundation and local donations.

About One Warm Coat: One Warm Coat is national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need. More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.