how we help

The Emergency Shelter

Our welcoming 24-bed shelter provides individual rooms for men, women, and families. We are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week and have a day center for our residents to use.

​Our case management team provides a person-centered support by connecting people to the services they need, whether it’s new identification like a driver’s license, Social Security card or birth certificate, treatment for an addiction or a bus ticket home. Our ultimate goal is to provide permanent self-sustainable housing.

​​​We partner with other community agencies whenever possible, and we directly offer only those services which we are uniquely positioned to provide. We believe that if each agency partner specializes in their services 100%, together we can provide life-changing solutions.

Outreach

Our Outreach team is dedicated to developing the critical relationships with unsheltered homeless people that is necessary for supporting transition to affordable housing and/or needed treatment. Outreach and engagement means that we meet people where they are rather than waiting until people come into shelter. This has been a critical piece of our person-centered approach. The relationships and work done is continued if people enter into emergency shelter.

Winter Overflow Center

The winter is a difficult time for the unsheltered population in our community.  SVDP has provided a location for a number of people to come in from the cold, spend the night and have a bite to eat during the coldest months of the year.

”The poor are thirsty for water but also for peace, truth and justice. The poor are naked and need clothing, but also need human dignity and compassion for those who sin. The poor have no shelter and need shelters made of bricks, but also of a joyful heart, compassionate and full of love. They are sick and need medical attention, but also a helping hand and welcoming smile. The outcasts, those who are rejected, the unloved, prisoners, alcoholics, the dying, those who are alone and abandoned, the marginalized, the untouchables and lepers…, those in doubt and confusion, those who have not been touched by the light of Christ, those starving for the word and peace of God, sad and afflicted souls…, those who are a burden to society, who have lost all hope and faith in life, who have forgotten how to smile and no longer know what it means to receive a little human warmth, a gesture of love and friendship – all of them, they turn to us to receive a little bit of comfort. If we turn our backs on them, we turn our backs on Christ.”

Mother Teresa
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