The New Community Shelter has three primary responsibilities to the community. First we are an Emergency Shelter for adults with a mission to provide shelter, case management, education and many supportive services. Not only do we help a person become self-sufficient, we also address individual issues that caused a person to become homeless in the first place. We are a zero-tolerance facility with rules and expectations, and we operate in an atmosphere of respect. We have expectations and we hold people accountable, all in an effort to help them help themselves.
In addition to our Emergency Shelter Program, we have a Transitional Living Program. Individuals can work their way into this program from the Emergency Shelter Program, allowing them more time to transition from homelessness to self-sufficient. This program is excellent for people with a history of evictions, addiction issues, or just more time obtain things they need and additional case management until they are ready. We have 20 apartments, four of which are dedicated to serve homeless veterans.
Thirdly, we have a Community Meal Program that serves any children and adults from the community that are hungry. We serve dinner 365 days a year and lunch every weekend and all holidays. We only ask that participants, most of whom do not live at the shelter, are peaceful and sober when they join us for a meal. If they are not, we will give them a bag lunch and ask them to try again tomorrow.