New London brings in new homeless facility

October 30, 2013 by  

The new facilities at 730 State Pier Road will not only provide more in depth help for the area homeless population but do so without negatively impacting local merchants.

A group of concerned citizens here in New London, formed in 2006, is focused on preventing deaths as a result of homelessness in the area, and founded a 50-bed shelter at one location and a day center at another. The group said it quickly learned that the fight to help the homeless has many fronts, including balancing the needs of the homeless with interests of local business owners in the central business district.

In addition to replacing the 50 beds of the former shelter, the new center offers laundry and shower facilities. A day room with access to computers and telephones helps those ready to re-enter the workforce. A health clinic and an 8 to 10-bed respite center for those recently let out of hospital or recovering from an illness are in the works.

The new center is based at the former St. Peter & Paul Church. Guests can pick up their mail at the center, allowing those who are eligible for financial help from the government to have a mailing address to receive that assistance.

The facility saw an open house held on October 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. For homeless people in the area, perhaps the first step to someone putting in a business card printing order will be the help they get at this new shelter.