The Salvation Army also has a dozen or so beds, and many homeless will seek shelter with friends and relatives. As freezing temperatures continue, however, those friendships can wear thin, sending more people to seek comfort at a group shelter.
Vince Andros has been homeless for about three years. Initially, he stayed with friends and family, but a few months ago, he came to Food and Shelter.
He said the shelter has resources that are helping him get back on his feet to seek employment and find permanent housing.
Meanwhile, Andros works as a shelter monitor from 5 to 8 each evening. During winter months, Food and Shelter stays open all day, but some residents go to the library or other public places for a change of pace.
The shelter serves breakfast and lunch. Dinner isn’t always available, but during winter weather, people can at least come in, get a cup of coffee and stay warm.
Around 8 p.m. Andros said they begin pulling mats and bedding out of storage to provide a buffer between the homeless and the hard floor. Food and Shelter provides overnight shelter during the winter months only as an emergency measure.
Food and Shelter also has a few apartments that provide temporary housing for families with children. With East Main Place closed, Andros is afraid there will be families and children who aren’t served.
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