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Maureen's Haven Outreach Program on Long Island, New York is a walk-in center operated under the auspices of Peconic Community Council to help those who are on the verge of homelessness or in fact are homeless.
Maureen's Haven Homeless Assistance Outreach Program
Maureen's Haven Outreach Program is a walk-in center operated under the auspices of Peconic Community Council to help those who are on the verge of homelessness or in fact are homeless. We believe that everyone has the right to a suitable place to live and access to affordable health and human services. By working together we can create an environment where all people, including those most vulnerable, have a voice in decision-making, where each human being is treated in a way that preserves his or her dignity and rights.
The Outreach Program
Every evening during the winter months, November 1-April 1, homeless guests are screened and transported from the North and South Forks of Long Island to one of fourteen host houses of worship between Greenport and East Hampton. Screening of guests consist of breath-a-lyzer test, a physical check of the person and baggage and visual monitoring of the guest's behavior.
Upon arrival to the host site, the homeless guests are welcomed and are registered by church volunteers. Guests then proceed to the sleeping areas to claim their bed and put down their personal belongings. Volunteers who have been preparing a nutritious, hot dinner for both the guests and volunteers are ready to serve 35-65 people by 7:00PM. Everyone sits down together for dinner and shares this opportunity for fellowship.
After dinner guests are given the opportunity to attend an AA meeting, take a hot shower, get warm clothes, consult with a medical professional or social worker, play board games, attend an English (ESL) class, watch a movie or just rest.
Volunteer innkeepers stay to monitor the guests overnight. At day break at 5:00AM a breakfast crew arrives to prepare and serve a substantial, hearty morning meal. In addition, a bagged lunch is prepared for each guest to take with them upon departure.
The volunteer clean up crew begins to break down the beds and collect the bedding and towels for laundering at 6:30AM. The floors are swept and disinfected, bathrooms are sanitized and the kitchen is cleaned. Promptly at 7:00AM the guests leave and are transported back to where they originated. Capacity and amenities vary among the participating houses of worship.
Tags: Maureen's Haven, Maureen's Haven Outreach Program, Long Island homeless assistance, homelessness, helping the homeless, Peconic Community Council, Long Island, New York.
Maureen's Haven Homeless Assistance Outreach Program 28 Linclon Street RiverheadNY 11901 631-727-6831 www.maureenshaven.org