Through the Overnights of Hospitality program, we provide emergency sheltering for single homeless individuals on a seasonal basis, beginning at the end of November and continuing through the end of March. From 2004 to 2020, based on the national model developed by Charles Stroebel from Tennessee, the shelter site rotated between different congregations in the Plymouth area. For the 2020-21 season, due to the ongoing pandemic, up to 20 homeless individuals, on a first-come, first served basis will be sheltered at the Pilgrim Sands Motel. Individuals will be pre-screened prior to being accepted for a room at the Sands. Father Bill’s Mainspring will provide one paid staff person and the Taskforce will provide one volunteer chaperone as in the past. Dinners will be provided by volunteers recruited through MealTrain Plus.
Since this program began in the fall of 2004, we have sheltered close to four hundred fifty different individuals. On a yearly basis we see over sixty-five different individuals. For the 2019-20 season, we averaged sixteen per night which has grown from the average of seven when we started in 2004.