One Hopeful Place and annual Point in Time Count seek help.

FORT WALTON BEACH — There are two upcoming opportunities to help those experiencing homelessness in the community.

On Thursday, Jan. 18, One Hopeful Place will have a volunteer orientation for anyone interested in lending their efforts to the local homeless shelter.

The orientation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and is for anyone who is currently volunteering or wishes to volunteer in the future.

As of January, One Hopeful Place has 30 residents and is fundraising for an additional $350,000 to provide shelter and resources to 100 men and 30 women.

Later in the month, the Homeless and Housing Alliance Board is seeking volunteers for its annual Point in Time Count. Approximately 51 volunteers are needed to work morning, afternoon or early evening shifts on Friday, Jan. 26 to approximate the number of homeless in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

On the day of the count, HHA representatives will be stationed at Gregg Chapel Life Center to provide homeless with various on-site services while asking them to fill out a Homeless Management Information Survey, which is strictly voluntary. The surveys aims to provide data on homeless needs, which helps HHA measure the community needs as a whole and then apply for grants which align to the data collected and services required. Names are not forwarded, only data.

Shifts to be filled at the Life Center include 8:30-11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. Shifts for the count and other activities are from 6-9 a.m., 9 a.m,-12 p.m., 12-3 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. To sign up, call 850-855-3357 or email

Additionally, HHA will go out into the community in three-person teams and seek out rural homeless clients with the assistance of law enforcement and One Hopeful Place CEO Nathan Monk.