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Brattleboro Overflow Shelter Returns to First Baptist Church PDF Print E-mail

November 2016

Groundworks Collaborative will be coordinating this year’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter (SOS) in downtown Brattleboro at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street. The shelter, open each winter from early November through the end of April, provides a safe and warm place to stay for individuals experiencing homelessness during the winter season.

Dinner is provided on a nightly basis.
Groundworks is committed to providing the Overflow Shelter every winter, and is currently entering into the tenth season. This will be the last year located at the First Baptist Church. According to Groundworks Collaborative’s Executive Director Josh Davis, the organization has “struggled for the past two years with finding a permanent home for the shelter within the downtown footprint, particularly after deciding this past summer not to pursue a project planned for 39 Frost Street.” Through the support of the local and state fire safety officials, the Town of Brattleboro administration, the Brattleboro Police Department, and others, Groundworks identified and vetted over a dozen locations downtown, none of which came to fruition. In the end, Groundworks was able to work with the First Baptist Church leadership, as well as the potential new owners of the building to keep the Shelter at the church one more year.

Groundworks is actively recruiting volunteers for overnight shifts and meal teams. Those interested in volunteering for an overnight shift should contact Rhianna Kendrick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 802-257-5415.

Anyone interested in providing meals can contact Meal Team Coordinator Jenna Lanoil at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you would like more information, or to make a contribution to support the operation of the Seasonal Overflow Shelter, please visit www.GroundworksVT.org. 

We are also seeking more Shareholders at the Co-op to help cook and serve meals at the Overflow Shelter. A few folks have stepped forward but we would love to have a bigger team for this winter season!