REACH Home 2021-2022
The last few weeks have been busy for the Shelter Committee. Although our plans have not been finalized, we are excited to announce the Committee is seriously exploring options for our winter shelter this year, REACH Home 21-22.
As you may remember, the pandemic forced us to close REACH Home early two years ago and completely halted our plans to open last winter. As devastating as it was for us, it was obvious the congregate shelter model proved too dangerous, exposing shelter guests and volunteers to a highly contagious and – at times deadly – respiratory disease.
With the health and safety of all foremost in our minds, we are looking to implement an innovative and unique shelter this winter: a scattered-site model. In this plan, all our guests will have their own room and reduce the overall number of people in a single location. Multiple reports and research has shown this design is safest in the age of COVID and considered best practice across the country. Furthermore, the scattered-site model enables us to offer shelter to families with children, expanding beyond our traditional population of adults.
Please keep an eye out for updates in the next few weeks. If our plans to open a scattered-site shelter become reality, we will need lots of help and support to make it safe and successful.