Letter: Groundworks clears up confusion

Editor of the Reformer:

In the June 4 print edition of the Brattleboro Reformer, there was a front-page article stating that "Groundworks Collaborative officials hope to have the seasonal overflow shelter permanently sited at the Winston Prouty campus."

The online edition of the June 4 article, titled Shelter had `great results' at Winston Prouty, was immediately corrected to read: "Groundworks Collaborative officials hope to have the seasonal overflow shelter sited at the Winston Prouty campus for a second year as it looks for a permanent location."

We submit this joint letter in hopes of clearing up any remaining confusion. While the Winston Prouty Board of Directors has voted to continue the lease of the dorm to Groundworks Collaborative, hosting another year of Brattleboro's Seasonal Overflow Shelter (SOS), the article is inaccurate in asserting that we are hoping for the location on the Prouty campus to be the permanent solution for the Shelter.

The 2017/2018 season was a very successful one for the Seasonal Overflow Shelter due to the layout of the dormitory and the addition of dedicated staff for the program. Ideally, the future permanent home of the shelter will be sited in a location that is more easily accessible and allows Groundworks to offer our Day Shelter and Seasonal Overflow Shelter services under one roof. Groundworks is actively developing plans for an alternate site for the 2019/2020 season. For the 2018/2019 season, the Shelter program parameters will stay the same in terms of hours and access.

Both Groundworks and Winston Prouty would like to extend thanks to campus partners, including staff and families, and to the community for all of the ways they've supported the SOS and contributed to a successful season.

With gratitude,

Josh Davis, executive director

Groundworks Collaborative

Chloe Learey, executive director

Winston Prouty

Brattleboro, June 5


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