Separate homeless kids & women from homeless adult males? FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 29 Nov 1998 02:50:13 -0400


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Separating homeless women & children from homeless adult males is common
among US service providers.

Do you agree with this practice?  Why or why not?


See related article below, via Street-Kid list
http://www.jbu.edu/business/sk.html
Listowner: jwalenci@acc.jbu.edu:

http://www.star-telegram.com:80/news/doc/1047/1:METRO42/1:METRO42112598.html
FWD  Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at 22:37 CST

SHELTER TO BUILD FAMILY FACILITY

By Yvette Craig
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH, TX -- The Rev. Dana Jones stood across the street from the
Presbyterian Night Shelter one Saturday morning and was appalled at
the sight of homeless children playing in the street amid broken beer
bottles, trash and broken people.

Jones was angry and troubled, and he related what he saw in a Sunday
morning sermon, charging worshipers to do something about it.

"This is urgent," Jones told his congregation at First Presbyterian
Church. "I hate those children being in that shelter, on that block,
in that danger for another night. It is wrong and it is our business
to fix it."

Last week, the night shelter's board of directors, of which Jones is a
member, voted to construct a separate 20-room shelter for families
with children on a grassy lot behind the shelter.

The new shelter would alleviate overcrowding in the main shelter and
provide a safe environment for children uprooted from homes and left
to sleep next to strangers.

The board wants to raise $500,000 to jump-start the project. And the
giving has already begun. Jones' passionate sermon moved his church's
mission commission to donate $100,000 to start the project, said John
Suggs, executive director of the night shelter.

"It's not about their mothers or their fathers," Jones said. "It is
about a little girl or little boy that needs a safe place to eat,
play, go to the bathroom, laugh, cry and lie down at night."

The night shelter was not designed to serve families and children when
it opened in October 1987. It was designed primarily for street people
who were suffering from mental illness, substance abuse or both, Suggs
said.

"What has happened is that the old skid row alcoholics have been
joined, not replaced, by these new arrivals," Suggs said. "Families
with children do not belong in open bay emergency shelters."

In 1991, the night shelter averaged serving about three children a
night. By 1997, that numbered had swelled to about 32 children a
night.

Now the shelter is home to roughly 45 youngsters ranging from newborns
to age 13, Suggs said.

The night shelter, on Cypress Street two blocks south of East
Lancaster Avenue near downtown, is referred to by locals as "the
walk-in." No identification is required to stay there.

The shelter has "Presbyterian" in its name because the three churches
that helped found it are St. Stephen's Presbyterian, Ridglea
Presbyterian and First Presbyterian.

Men sleep in a separate area from the women and children, but all
share a cafeteria for evening meals.

A few months ago, a mentally ill man exposed himself to children at
the shelter. A childless women who is schizophrenic kicked a child she
thought was too loud, Suggs said.

There was a recent outbreak of tuberculosis. The children had to be
tested, but none was positive. Last weekend, a child who was swinging
on piping beneath a stairwell fell and broke his arm and disconnected
the pipe, Suggs said.

"This is why we can't leave these kids in here," he said.

In 1997, an estimated 600 children lived on the streets in Tarrant
County, according to the Tarrant County Homeless Survey conducted that
year.

National studies show that homeless children have more colds, head
lice respiratory disorders, and eating and sleeping problems. And they
often suffer serious emotional and developmental problems that can
persist long after their families find permanent housing.

"The Presbyterian Night Shelter traditionally deals with the people
really down and out," said the Rev. John Tietjen, paster of Trinity
Lutheran Church and chairman of the women's and children's facility
committee.

"These are the people no one else in society cares about, but the
night shelter does. But the children don't deserve this. They deserve
privacy and a room of their own and a place to play."

Suggs said a child can take up five times more space at the shelter
than a single man because of the youngster's special needs. On a
recent morning, cribs, stuffed animals, diaper bags, play pens,
bottles and coloring books were scattered among the rows of
mattresses.

"The need is clear," Suggs said. "There is no greater need than
helping homeless children have a place of their own.

"There is no reason for homeless children to live in an open area with
the mentally ill, drug addicts, and chronic alcoholics. It leaves the
children with a warped perception of what the world is like."

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Separating homeless women & children from homeless adult males is
common among US service providers.


Do you agree with this practice?  Why or why not?



See related article below, via Street-Kid list
http://www.jbu.edu/business/sk.html

Listowner: jwalenci@acc.jbu.edu:


http://www.star-telegram.com:80/news/doc/1047/1:METRO42/1:METRO42112598.html

FWD  Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at 22:37 CST 


<paraindent><param>right,left</param>SHELTER TO BUILD FAMILY FACILITY


By Yvette Craig

Star-Telegram Staff Writer 

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FORT WORTH, TX -- The Rev. Dana Jones stood across the street from the

Presbyterian Night Shelter one Saturday morning and was appalled at

the sight of homeless children playing in the street amid broken beer

bottles, trash and broken people. 


Jones was angry and troubled, and he related what he saw in a Sunday

morning sermon, charging worshipers to do something about it.


"This is urgent," Jones told his congregation at First Presbyterian

Church. "I hate those children being in that shelter, on that block,

in that danger for another night. It is wrong and it is our business

to fix it."


Last week, the night shelter's board of directors, of which Jones is a

member, voted to construct a separate 20-room shelter for families

with children on a grassy lot behind the shelter.


The new shelter would alleviate overcrowding in the main shelter and

provide a safe environment for children uprooted from homes and left

to sleep next to strangers.


The board wants to raise $500,000 to jump-start the project. And the

giving has already begun. Jones' passionate sermon moved his church's

mission commission to donate $100,000 to start the project, said John

Suggs, executive director of the night shelter.


"It's not about their mothers or their fathers," Jones said. "It is

about a little girl or little boy that needs a safe place to eat,

play, go to the bathroom, laugh, cry and lie down at night."


The night shelter was not designed to serve families and children when

it opened in October 1987. It was designed primarily for street people

who were suffering from mental illness, substance abuse or both, Suggs

said.


"What has happened is that the old skid row alcoholics have been

joined, not replaced, by these new arrivals," Suggs said. "Families

with children do not belong in open bay emergency shelters."


In 1991, the night shelter averaged serving about three children a

night. By 1997, that numbered had swelled to about 32 children a

night.


Now the shelter is home to roughly 45 youngsters ranging from newborns

to age 13, Suggs said.


The night shelter, on Cypress Street two blocks south of East

Lancaster Avenue near downtown, is referred to by locals as "the

walk-in." No identification is required to stay there.


The shelter has "Presbyterian" in its name because the three churches

that helped found it are St. Stephen's Presbyterian, Ridglea

Presbyterian and First Presbyterian.


Men sleep in a separate area from the women and children, but all

share a cafeteria for evening meals.


A few months ago, a mentally ill man exposed himself to children at

the shelter. A childless women who is schizophrenic kicked a child she

thought was too loud, Suggs said.


There was a recent outbreak of tuberculosis. The children had to be

tested, but none was positive. Last weekend, a child who was swinging

on piping beneath a stairwell fell and broke his arm and disconnected

the pipe, Suggs said.


"This is why we can't leave these kids in here," he said.


In 1997, an estimated 600 children lived on the streets in Tarrant

County, according to the Tarrant County Homeless Survey conducted that

year.


National studies show that homeless children have more colds, head

lice respiratory disorders, and eating and sleeping problems. And they

often suffer serious emotional and developmental problems that can

persist long after their families find permanent housing.


"The Presbyterian Night Shelter traditionally deals with the people

really down and out," said the Rev. John Tietjen, paster of Trinity

Lutheran Church and chairman of the women's and children's facility

committee.


"These are the people no one else in society cares about, but the

night shelter does. But the children don't deserve this. They deserve

privacy and a room of their own and a place to play."


Suggs said a child can take up five times more space at the shelter

than a single man because of the youngster's special needs. On a

recent morning, cribs, stuffed animals, diaper bags, play pens,

bottles and coloring books were scattered among the rows of

mattresses.


"The need is clear," Suggs said. "There is no greater need than

helping homeless children have a place of their own.


"There is no reason for homeless children to live in an open area with

the mentally ill, drug addicts, and chronic alcoholics. It leaves the

children with a warped perception of what the world is like."


END FORWARD

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