Shelter could repeat bad history of service delivery

LaceyMarch 12, 2014 

After following the articles about the homeless shelter planned for downtown I decided to comment. I am not and never will be an opponent of a shelter. My concern is the possibility of history repeating itself.

Quite a few years ago there was a place where the homeless, the senior citizens, families with limited income could go to get a hot meal and relax before returning to the mean streets. This was the Bread and Roses drop-in.

After a few years, changes started coming. It was not a safe place for the families with children or senior citizens, and people serving the meals. There was no real supervision after a while. It got so bad some of the women decided to stop going. Children stopped coming to help around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Supervision was a joke. One of the things that bothered me was the loss of that service to the needy.

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