The W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Services Center, among other services it provides, is a 22 bed emergency and temporary shelter. It is the entry level of a progressive program to address the root causes of homelessness that lead men to our doors. The emergency shelter is a source of food, shelter, referral and supportive services for those who have lost most or all of their support systems. More than 200 men are sheltered annually.
The shelter provides a non-threatening environment where residents may stabilize their circumstances; and discover the various support systems available, and then begin to access those services within the community. Most men stay an average of 5-6 months. The residents are provided an address and telephone number, and a stable and caring environment which enhances their ability to gain employment. This process begins with Connect Points, a referral service for the homeless and a part of Decade to Doorways strategic plan to prevent homelessness in Chester County. Once a resident enters the Atkinson Shelter, he is provided with on-site case management (including, but not limited to, individual goal setting). Case management is loosely defined as participation in any structured environment that addresses the causative factors of the individual’s homelessness. In addition to on-site case management, the residents sometime receive case management services from the VAMC treatment programs, Riverside’s outpatient program, and Open Arms steps program.
Area Churches are a vital part of homeless recovery. Beyond the wonderful meals provided by churches, they often mentor and encourage the men during meal time, also providing clothing or linens on occasion.
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