Beverly Perez became administrator of the Halcyon/Anaheim Interfaith Shelter just a few months ago, but already she has seen people become self-supporting after leaving the shelter with a nest egg and a sense of direction.
Her biggest worry is how to meet the needs of the homeless when the nonprofit shelter, which depends on private donations and city grants, is constantly threatened with cash flow problems.
Donations usually increase near the holidays, when toys for the children are always plentiful, she says. But the needs continue after the holiday spirit wanes, she stresses. Among the shelter's most pressing needs are:
* Entertainers to provide holiday programs for the children.
* Children's clothing and shoes.
* Furniture and food.
* Volunteers to tutor children in English and math.
* Donations of money or labor to renovate the apartment building, which has severe plumbing and roofing problems.
To find out how you can help, call Perez at (714) 774-8502.