Dorchester Deaf Club (and Andrea) helping: January 6, 2016
Since 1990, a Shelter for unaccompanied homeless men has been operated at Pilgrim Church. Originally established by Positive Lifestyles, from the early 1990's until late 2016, it has been under the direction of the United Homes Adult Services division of Children's Services of Roxbury (this connection began with a recognition that a large number of homeless adults are, in fact, former foster children.) In late 2016, we will be welcoming a new provider to continue this most valuable endeavor.
On any given night, there are 120 to 140 men sheltering at United Homes Shelter/Pilgrim Church, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, according to its former director, Philip Wright (pictured at right). The shelter has been receiving CWS Blankets since 1998. Shelves of well-worn grey CWS Blankets line the large hall, and CWS recently shipped an additional 300 lightweight orange CWS Blankets to help meet needs at the shelter.
Derek (left) has been a resident at United Homes Shelter/Pilgrim Church for a year. He says he was once a drug user and heroin addict, but has now been clean for nearly 2? years. The shelter is “great!” he says. “It changed my life.”
"The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."