Some comments from our volunteers:
- They were like neighbors each individual and willing to share experiences and most gracious for the helping hand -a few very few were troubled people they needed more then a warm bed and meal.
- I was particularly impressed with 2 men who were homeless, but held full-time jobs. They both were grateful for the assistance that the shelter provided. I am glad that the shelter was able to offer them some help with a place to sleep, food and people who reached out to them. There were also a few guests who volunteered to assist in morning clean up the shelter, sweeping and mopping the floors – that was wonderful! AND then there was Dennis who went from sitting on the front steps in the beginning and ended up opening up to all of us – coming in and enjoying all the special attention that he received! And I could go on…
- I was surprised by the number of people in Saratoga Springs needing shelter and by the willingness of many of them to be helpful in setting up and cleaning. It was satisfying to see that many of them seemed to warm up over time to the volunteers. I was really gratified by the news that a few of the guests had decided to get involved with Shelters of Saratoga in a search for more stability.
- The best part was how my eyes have been opened more to the homeless community around me.
Some comments from our clients:
I wanted to write you a letter to have you be able to share with others how the “Code Blue Program” has helped me. It is sad how it had to start, so I know Nancy (Pitts), is looking down & seeing all of the positive she started. This (Code Blue) has helped me flee a domestic violence situation when there were no local domestic violence shelter spaces open. I then had volunteers help me (I was very stubborn & shy) ask for a space at Shelters of Saratoga (S.O.S.). I then paid my way into the shelter my entire stay until I got my new apartment on St. Patrick’s Day! S.O.S., helped me find a great primary care physicians office too! I want to start a program/event that can highlight reasons why people become homeless. My program would have posters, billboards, etc, but everyone that contributes will have had more than been “homeless.” They would ALL have “Been There, Done That!” That means: everyone no matter whatever lead them there they all had a horrific event that took their place they once called “HOME” away from them. Parents need to know about laws that protect their children & so forth so they can remain in a somewhat state of “Normalcy.”
Thank you for your time.
Poem written for Nancy Pitts