Sunday, September 05, 2010

Shelter to stop serving evening meals,
so advocates will offer dinner downtown

St. Augustine's only homeless shelter plans to stop serving hot evening meals to the public after Oct. 1.

To fill that void, a coalition of groups is planning to serve evening meals to homeless and needy people downtown.

Mary Lawrence of People United to Stop Homelessness said, "We're prepared to take up the slack. We're already gearing up."

John Benoit, vice president of the St. Augustine Society, said St. Francis House cannot afford to continue serving dinners now or in the future at its proposed new location on Old Moultrie Road.

"There's pressure to end (evening) feeding to the public entirely," Benoit said. "That's appropriate and makes sense as a compromise with our opposition at the new site."

St. Francis House board members don't want homeless men camping near its Old Moultrie Road site at night, waiting for dinner. Those camps could heighten fears at St. Gerard House, a high school, day care and foster care facility for young, unwed mothers and their babies.

Read the St. Augustine Record article here.


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