HAYWARD — The Emergency Shelter Program is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a reception Thursday in Hayward City Hall's rotunda.

The Hayward shelter is the oldest one in Alameda County, according to Amanda Yates, shelter executive assistant. The agency provides emergency housing and support for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and homelessness. It cares for 42 women and children each day, and operates a 24-hour crisis line.

In addition, the shelter offers counseling, a community pantry and basic household supplies to its clients.

Thursday's reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at 777 B St. Students from Hayward High School's "Spoken Word" poetry/performance art program will perform. Complimentary appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

There is no charge for the reception; however, donations are welcome. For more information, go to www.espca.org.



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