Gimme Shelter as shared by Isabelle, the volunteer who was working at the time of this interview on February 03, 2015. The views expressed are hers to the best of her understanding, and not necessarily the official view of Portland Rehabiltative Management (PRM) Homeless Shelter. For officially sanctioned views of PRM Shelter, please contact them here: http://prmhomeless.org/contact-us-2/.
As a volunteer at PRM Shelter working at Gimme Shelter is one role that Isabelle plays for them. In that role she promotes te work of PRM shelter through selling crafts, sharing about PRM Shelter with visitors, and soliciting donations for their charitable cause. PRM is the only homeless shelter in the parish of Portland. From the PRM Shelter website:
Portland Rehab Management Homeless Shelter is a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) providing food, shelter, medicine, and rehabilitative services to the homeless of Jamaica. Our objectives include rehabilitating clients to better health and less dependence with the goal of returning them to their families and community, providing an environment that encourages better self-care and healthier lifestyles, living together more peacefully and learning cooperative social skills.
Most of the craft items for sale are made by residents of the shelter from beads that are donated. It teaches some of the residents a skill that can be used to make an income, as well as providng some income for the shelter. The jewlery made includes bracelets, necklaces and earrings. One resident has been learning to sew handbags, which are for sale. Other items offered for sale have been offered by local artists, on a generous consignment, or by businesses as a donation. Some of these items include carved calabashes, paintings, wood carvings, tams, wooden forks and spoons of all sizes, and some bottles of travel shampoo and conditioner.