It has been a winter shelter season to remember at Charter House. Busy is an understatement. As we continue to provide warm beds, home cooked meals, and support to get lives back on track, we reflect on the lives we have changed for the better.
One way to do that is to count them. This season, all 5 of our upstairs rooms for families with children have been occupied to capacity most nights. And 6 families – with a total of 12 children – stayed with us for a while to get through crisis times, and then successfully moved on to more permanent living situations.
42 adult individual guests who stayed with us in the ground floor shelter for varying lengths of time have successfully moved on to their own apartment, or more targeted care facilities, or to re-join family. And still we are filled to our 20 guest capacity every night.
But all those numbers also boil down to one-person-at-a time friendships; as our guests share their life-stories, challenges, and meals and days and nights together with our staff and volunteers.
SUMMER IS COMING AND
WE WILL BE OPEN !
With the community’s urging, and amazing support, we are planning to stay open past mid-April when we historically closed for the warm months. People need us all year round. We hope you will stay with us as we take on that new challenge.
E-mail Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join our corps of volunteers - which includes our gigantic Community Garden which will begin work soon!