[Hpn] Young couple with infant sleeping out in Montpelier Vermont
Morgan W. Brown
Fri, 23 Aug 2002 14:04:06 -0400
Friday, August 23, 2002
Young couple with infant sleeping out in Montpelier
Will the citizens of Montpelier sleep well or be at peace if they knew that,
even though it may still be summer, a baby was having to be outdoors not
only during the days sometimes in all types of weather but also at night?
The solution should not be that SRS take the baby away from this couple
They need help and a place to stay.
Many people, churches, agencies and organizations have tried to help them
actually, but there have been problems and sometimes the couple have may
help to either contribute to or cause these problems in some way.
What has not happened however is a major coordinated effort between all the
parties who have helped, have tried or could otherwise be of assistance and
the couple. There needs to be a coordinated effort for both the short and
long term for this couple.
There must be a way to change this however.
There is no way any of us, in good conscience, can allow a baby or young
child to live outside like has been happening the last few nights.
It seems that the police may even be aware of the couple's recent
experiences as the police may have had to move along since the couple, along
with the infant, has been sleeping outside in certain places were they are
not invited to. So there may be entries in the police log about this.
Is this sometime people will want to read about in the Times Argus or other
newspapers or have on the local TV or radio news? I think not.
The concern though should be for this baby and its young parents.
They need a place to live and help in both getting there, and then after
they move in, since the parents have several needs they will need assistance
This couple and their baby has not been able to stay at the Good Samartian
Haven Homeless shelter in Barre the last few nights as, according to them,
there was no room. There may of course be more to it than that however.
The Good Samartian Haven has tried to help them however as has many people
at the Another Way drop-in center in Montpelier too.
Fact is that this couple has managed to get themselves kicked out at times
from the Another Way drop-in center and possibly even from elsehwere.
Whatever the case or problems are, their living and sleeping outside cannot
be allowed to continue. The couple does not want it to continue either. They
would rather be inside somewhere.
Something has to change soon. Hopefully for the better.
Morgan W. Brown
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