FRUIT VALLEY — Faith-based day shelter Friends of the Carpenter has made strides during the pandemic, recently raising $23,237 during the Give More 24! fundraising campaign for local nonprofits on Sept. 24. Following a long closure due to the pandemic, the organization also reopened Sept. 28 for fellowship at its Friendship Center, 1600 W. 20th St. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with devotions scheduled daily from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and fellowship and activities following. “I have been lost ever since we had to close way back in March,” member Jay Palmer said in a newsletter. Social distancing guidelines allows for 20 people at the center at a time, with six woodworkers in the shop area. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.