Looking for a little happiness on this cold rainy day? Check out E.D. Rick DeAngelis accepting Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirit's awesome donation of six gallons of hand sanitizer! What a community this is! We are so so grateful. https://vimeo.com/405626264
Last week Kristin Cantu, a local filmmaker at Well Told Films based in Montpelier, interviewed our Executive Director, Rick DeAngelis about the situation with Good Samaritan Haven. You can visit Well Told Films website to watch the interview or check out the YouTube video of it below. https://youtu.be/RbNUuN69A-I
"In a pandemic-driven move that came together quickly and was executed without any serious issues Sunday night, central Vermont’s only homeless shelter – Good Samaritan Haven – was transplanted from Seminary Street in Barre to the Econo Lodge in Montpelier." To continue reading about this transition, check out the Times Argus article from March 24th, 2020. The shuttle donate by Montpelier Senior Activity Center who transported our guests from the shelters in Barre and Montpelier to the Econolodge.
"State agencies and local shelters are scrambling to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness who may be particularly vulnerable to the disease...DeAngelis said that’s why Good Samaritan, at the behest of the state, moved the 40 people staying at three homeless shelters operated by his organization into an Econolodge in Montpelier that had recently been closed. 'So it took a tremendous amount of effort to make that happen, and in fact, we were successful,' DeAngelis said." To read more about how our guests are handling the "stay at ...
The state is funding a busy warming shelter in Vermont's capital city for another year. Good Samaritan Haven, a 30-bed homeless shelter in Barre, launched a pilot warming shelter at the Bethany Church in Montpelier last winter. Good Samaritan manager Judy Joy says the 20-bed shelter was full nearly every night from November to April.
“Not every story has a happy ending, ... but the discoveries of science, the teachings of the heart, and the revelations of the soul all assure us that no human being is ever beyond redemption. The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.” - ― Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts:
1,291 Vermonters were found to be literally homeless on a single night in January, an increase of 66 people, or 5%, compared to the 2017 one-day count. The 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Report, released today by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, shows an overall increase in homelessness. The report comes from data collected for the Annual Point-in-Time Count, an unduplicated count of persons experiencing literal homelessness on the night of January 31, 2018.