[Hpn] Warm Haven Drop-in Center Report: Barre [Vermont] Homeless Day Shelter;10/31/01

Morgan W. Brown norsehorse@hotmail.com
Wed, 31 Oct 2001 15:41:58 -0500

Warm Haven Drop-in Center
Barre Homeless Day Shelter
84 Summer Street -- Barre Baptist Fellowship Church
Barre Vermont
(802) 476-5676

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

               Warm Haven Drop-in Center Report

On October 15, 2001, in a store front located at 84 Summer Street, the Barre 
Baptist Fellowship Church began hosting a day drop-in center for people who 
are homeless, formerly homeless or who otherwise find themselves in need.

Open weekdays from 8:00 AM to Noon (12:00 PM) and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the 
Warm Haven day shelter offers a place for people with nowhere indoors to 
seek shelter or for those who may need to be around others.

>From Noon (12:00PM) to 1:00 PM, during the time that Warm Haven closes 
mid-day, soup kitchens are open Monday thru Friday: Monday, Wednesday & 
Friday (except holidays) at the Salvation Army on Keith Ave.; Tuesday &
Thursday at the Barre Baptist Fellowship Church.

The drop-in center is staffed by volunteers and by the Tracy's-who are the 
church Pastor and his wife. Supervision and additional shift coverage is 
provided by Norma Fluery of the Good Samaritan Haven emergency homeless 
shelter in Barre.

For people who are homeless, Warm Haven provides a supportive, caring and 
non-judgmental environment to be in order to get warm, stay dry, feel safe 
as well as to obtain information on becoming connected with supports, 
benefits or services a person may be seeking and eligible for.

However, the drop-in center is open to those who need a place to go, whether 
housed or homeless, to socialize with others so they do not end up being 
isolated and alone for prolonged periods.

Warm Haven offers coffee, other beverages and light snacks as may be needed 
and available. An activity box has been begun, which includes playing cards, 
puzzles, coloring books, paper, a board game as well as other new and used 
donated items for visitors to use.

During the first two and a half weeks of operation, a period of exactly 
thirteen (13) weekdays, Warm Haven had 140 visits. This number includes 
those who came in day after day, but does not include revisits by the same 
person within the same day: i.e., one person per day, counts as one visit, 
irregardless of how many times that person left and then returned later 
within the same day. The fewest visits was two (2) -- on opening day, with 
the most visits during a day being sixteen persons using the drop-in center. 
Rounding off to the lower actual number - as the default used, being that it 
is difficult to define what .8 of a person actually is, the daily average of 
people using the Warm Haven drop-in center over it first two and a half 
weeks is numbered at ten (10) persons. This included families, parents or 
legal guardians with children. In certain cases the children had no school 
that day or were in the process of being enrolled to area public schools 
since their family had only located to this region from elsewhere recently. 
The numbers do not include counting volunteers, the Tracy's or Norma, etc.

Anyone interested in additional information or, anyone interested in 
volunteering for a four hour shift per week, is invited to either call 
[(802) 476-5676] or visit the Warm Haven drop-in center [84 Summer Street, 
Barre] during hours the drop-in center operates.

Morgan W. Brown <norsehorse@hotmail.com>
Warm Haven Volunteer

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

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