[Hpn] Young couple with infant sleeping out in Montpelier Vermont

Morgan W. Brown norsehorse@hotmail.com
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.

Deeply concerned,

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

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