[Hpn] Fwd:Group seeks to start day shelter;Barre VT

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 16:44:30 -0500


Below is a forward of an article reporting on yesterday's (Wednesday, 
November 29, 2000) meeting in Barre regarding the need for a day shelter in 
that community which may be of interest to you and others whom you know. 
Following the forwarded article is information for writing and submitting 
Letters to the Editor to the Times Argus, as well as a URL for a related 
story FYI.

Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont


-------Forwarded article-------

Thursday, November 30, 2000
Time Argus
[Barre-Montpelier, Vermont]
Group seeks to start day shelter

By David Delcore


BARRE - George Dickey raised the issue. Morgan
Brown vouched for the need. And on Wednesday, more
than two dozen people agreed to make finding a warm
place for homeless people to congregate during the day a
community priority.

Huddled in the basement of the Barre Presbyterian
Church, the group, whose members ranged from local
dignitaries to street people, decided a "day shelter" would
fill a need that will only become more acute as
temperatures continue to drop and winter settles in.

Dickey, 60, has a home, but the Barre man who recently
learned to read said he's worried about those, like
Brown, who don't.

"They should have a place to go," Dickey said, explaining
his decision to invite people to attend Wednesday's

"This is a big problem," he said.

Dickey didn't get any argument from Brown, who arrived
at the meeting toting a green backpack that contained
most of his belongings.

Unlike Dickey, Brown doesn't have a home, and the
self-described "activist" said he hasn't for the better part
of 25 years.

"I'm homeless," Brown explained after the meeting had
ended, suggesting he was well aware of the need Dickey
and others wanted to fill.

"This is an important issue for a lot of people," he said
pledging to support the group in its efforts.

Although Brown acknowledged during the meeting that
he "didn't do shelters" - preferring to fend for himself
when night falls - he said he would be likely to drop in for
a cup of coffee and some casual conversation at the sort
of center the group was proposing.

"I think it's a great idea," he said.

So does Paul Mascitti, executive director of the Good
Samaritan Haven. Mascitti said the homeless shelter on
Seminary Street can provide people with a warm evening
meal and a place to spend the night, but simply isn't
equipped to serve their needs during the day.

"That's why this is so important," he said, crediting
Dickey for raising public consciousness about an issue
that doesn't get discussed much in central Vermont.

"George was the spark," he said, noting Dickey was
"near tears" when he saw how many people responded to
his invitation.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know you've made a
difference," Mascitti said, suggesting that by articulating
the problem that has long-worried social workers,
Dickey might have created the impetus for solving it.

Mascitti said he was hopeful the group, which has divided
in to three committees will have identified a place and a
way to pay for it by the time they meet again on Dec. 14.

"We want to have a place where people can be inside by
Christmas time," he said.

Mascitti is heading up a group that will focus on finding an
affordable and convenient location for a day center he
expects won't be used exclusively by the homeless.

Patty Ryan, of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, is
heading up a committee that will explore funding options,
and Brown is working with those interested in developing
a program for the center.

Mascitti said anyone with ideas or suggestion for the
group can contact him at Good Samaritan Haven at

"Being inside is the first goal," he said. "It's getting cold

---End of forwarded article---


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~~~Related article URL:

Barre council mulls shelters:


~~~Forwarded excerpts:

BARRE - The city council has agreed to consider
applying for state funds that would help pay for the
creation of two local shelters - one for homeless families,
the other for victims of sexual assault.

[ ... ]

-------End of forward-------

Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA

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