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. Based on the national model developed by Charles Stroebel from Tennessee, the shelter site rotates between two different congregations in the Plymouth area. The individuals meet at 1 South Spooner (Fr. Bill/Mainspring’s Plymouth office) between 5 and 5:45 PM where they are registered, screened and then are driven to the shelter for the evening where they receive a hot meal prepared by volunteers and have a place to sleep for the night. They have the opportunity to play games or watch a video. Two people, one of whom is a volunteer, serve as chaperones/hosts.
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 2018-19 season, we averaged fifteen per night which has grown from the average of seven when we started in 2004.
Participating Congregations / Site Coordinators:
Christ Church Parish (Episcopal) / Irene Caldwell, Mary Bell,
First Baptist / Ray Tompkins