The shelter committee continues to be in discussion with the Coptic Christian Community with regards to the usage if 720 West Main Street, as well as active in supplying the “Outreach Zone” efforts in the community. Even without a REACH Shelter, the REACH Shelter Committee has remained active and relevant in supporting the housing deprived and most vulnerable people in our community.
We are looking forward to 720 West Main St being utilized as a container for many needed services in the West Main Area and an emergency shelter in the winter. We are currently working through the governance of such a project (Lease, insurance, etc). We are very excited about the possibilities.
The Outreach Zone work continues in the Jefferson Ave (SWAN at Montgomery Center) and North Clinton (Father Tracy Advocacy Center) areas. The Outreach Zone work is touching hundreds of people and this could not be done without the support of the REACH Shelter Committee. The REACH Network has provided thousands of dollars in in-kind supplies; from lunches and snacks to hats, gloves, socks, hygiene items, etc. These supplies are critical to meet the basic needs of the people in the Outreach Zones. They also provide an opportunity to discuss further longer enduring services. This initiative has been an amazing way to reach people “where they are at”.
Things are looking very promising for the future and the shelter committee is ready.
Andy Carey and Deborah Peife