Winter Shelter at Former Elks Club to Stay Open Until End of May

The winter overflow shelter, operated by Good Samaritan Haven at the former Elks Club in Montpelier, will extend its seasonal operation and remain open for an extra month to help meet the need for safe shelter in the area. The new closing date is May 31.

Good Samaritan Haven Co-Executive Director Rick DeAngelis stated: “We initially planned to close on April 30. Given the high level of need right now, it was imperative that we extend the season. We are very grateful to the City of Montpelier for extending our lease, the State of Vermont for providing funding, and our staff for agreeing to continue the work at this site.”

The cold weather shelter has housed 68 unique individuals since it opened in November and typically has 15 guests or more each night.

“We are working to make sure everyone has safe and dignified housing. Camping outside or living in a car is not a good option,” said DeAngelis. “I wish we could do more than extend the shelter. But it’s a start and we are looking at other long term options.“

Several shelter residents shared their gratitude for having the option to stay in the shelter, many of whom said feeling safe, warm, and supported helped keep their spirits up.

“For a lot of us, it is life saving, and the staff are kind people who will help support us as much as they can. They always have good advice and kind words,” said one guest.

Another guest echoed the sense of safety noting the shelter is “a safe haven for the less fortunate” and a good place to be “amid the darkness.”

“It’s been a wonderful place. It’s kept me safe, being able to stay out of the cold. I’ve gotten resources, clothes, a phone, meals. And, I’ve been able to get any medical attention or resources that I need,” said another guest.

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