Five different organizations are participating in Shelter Sunday this year. Each organization provides essential services to the hundreds of homeless individuals and families in our community.
Grove Street Inn/ServiceNet
ServiceNet’s Grove Street Inn is an emergency shelter for up to 24 men and women year-round. A Resource Center is open Monday through Friday offering help with housing and employment searches, case management, and access to medical care. ServiceNet also manages transitional and permanent housing as well as a house for the chronically homeless donated by the Friends of the Hampshire County Homeless. 413.585.1300.
Interfaith Emergency Shelter/Friends of Hampshire County Homeless
The Interfaith Emergency Shelter provides emergency shelter for 26 homeless individuals during the coldest nights of the winter. Teams of volunteers bring meals to the shelter every evening, providing comfort, friendship, and security to those in need. And, ServiceNet generously provides the paid staff at the shelter. 413.586.5787.
MANNA Soup Kitchen
The MANNA Soup Kitchen provides three free hot nutritious meals a week, year-round, for anyone in need. MANNA also provides take-out meals to help our guests get through the week. On Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day MANNA serves a festive holiday dinner at Edwards Church. Volunteers also package and deliver over 100 pre-ordered hot holiday meals to the elderly, the homebound, and others who cannot come to the community dinner. Weekly meals are served Wednesday evenings and Saturday noontime at Edwards Church and Mondays at noon in St. John’s Episcopal Church. 413.584.1757.
Single Room Occupancy Project
The Single Room Occupancy Project’s Outreach Program serves roughly 300 citizens living on a fixed income residing in rooming houses located in Northampton, Florence and Easthampton. SRO Outreach services promote housing stabilization, food security, improved physical and mental health, and community networking that helps prevent homelessness and improves peoples’ quality of life. 413.584.4457.
Each of these organizations is committed to helping the homeless in our community. With your help, we will continue to meet the needs of our neighbors in need. Thank you for your support!