Home Church community Opening of an overnight shelter for community services

Opening of an overnight shelter for community services

A homeless shelter in the former MV Community Services building has officially opened. —Lucas Thors

Harbor Homes recently announced on Facebook that they have successfully moved their entire shelter operation to Old Whaling Church and two other church shelters to the former Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Early Years Center. .

The move comes after the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Committee (which manages the property on which Community Services sits) voted to allow change of use on the ground floor of the crèche building to accommodate the homeless and people in precarious situations.

Since the Community Services Early Years programs are now housed in the newly constructed Early Years Centre, the ground floor of the old building was left unused. The top floor was used as administrative offices and to accommodate overflows from other office buildings.

After the vote, the new shelter opened on January 15 and is now accepting guests.

In the Facebook announcement, shelter director Lisa Belcastro hailed Beth Folcarelli of Community Services, Matt Rossi, Fire Chief Nelson Wirtz, Amy Houghton of the school board as well as other school officials, Meegan Lancaster, Tilton Rentals, Chicken Alley and the team of volunteers who put in the overtime to help pack up the three church shelters and move everything into the new space.

The shelter will operate from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. All guests must arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. There is no admission after 7 p.m.

“Thank you to all of our supporters and donors on the island. MV is the best place to live because of the people who live there!Belcastro wrote in the ad.

Visit harbourhomesmv.com for more information, or call 774-563-3687.