NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Dignity Center - a unique resource that offers shower and bathroom facilities to New Brunswick's most vulnerable population - has been such a success that it is expanding its operations.
The center will now be open Mondays in addition to Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 to 10 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. each day.
Those arriving at Memorial Stadium on Joyce Kilmer Avenue, behind New Brunswick Middle School, will be given towels to use as well as self-care products.
Under the direction of Keith Jones II, the chief of staff in Mayor Jim Cahill's office, the Dignity Center opened in May. The program has been particularly critical in helping some maintain good hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The showers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are separate places for men and women to shower since the city is making use of the home team and away team locker room facilities.
Guests will enter Memorial Stadium through the center tunnel and are required to sign in upon arriving. All guests must follow the similar rules of conduct that are in place for Code Blue (no fighting, no vandalism, no drug use or drinking of alcohol, etc.)
Those wanting to use a shower must arrive no later than an hour before the end of the shift (before 9 a.m. for morning shift, and before 1 p.m. for the afternoon shift.)
Volunteers are needed to assist with sign-ins, distribution of information on available resources, tracking shower times and opening and closing the venue each day. The city has set up a site for residents to volunteer.