The new facility opening next year will not only provide needed community resources and supports to the homeless population but needed housing for many individuals who today live out in the elements around Route 1.
This facility was made possible by a partnership from many groups and funding sources. County, State and Federal funding was used in developing this facility. The Volunteers of America of Chesapeake, Inc will manage the facility along with staff from Grassroots and its Day Resource Center.
Recently I had a chance to talk with Jack Santori from the Bethany United Methodist Church about their involvement in the Cold Weather Shelter program. This program is operated by Grassroots for homeless residents during the cold weather months. Jack indicated that Bethany has participated in the program from the beginning by providing a location for the shelter 1 or 2 weeks in the Winter. This engagement has led some members of the congregation to volunteer at the Day Resource Center in Jessup. This the facility that will be replaced by the Dorsey Community Resource Center next year. Jack mentioned that the members of Bethany sometimes meet the same homeless individuals at the Resource Center that they housed the previous Winter at their church.