What is the Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program?
Every evening during the winter months, November 1st through April 30th, homeless guests are screened and transported from our Riverhead location to host sites throughout the east end. Guests are asked to be at Maureen’s Haven (28 Lincoln Street in Riverhead) by 4:30 pm. Vans leave promptly at 5:30 pm.
Screening of guests consists of Breath-a-Lyzer Test, a physical check of the person and baggage and visual monitoring of the guest’s behavior.
Upon arrival at the host site, the homeless guests are welcomed and are registered by church volunteers. Guests then proceed to the sleeping areas to claim their bed and put down their personal belongings.
Volunteers who have been preparing a nutritious, hot dinner for both the guests and volunteers are ready to serve 30 to 50* people by 7:00 pm. Everyone sits down together for dinner and shares this opportunity for fellowship.
After dinner guests are given the opportunity to attend an AA Meeting*, take a hot shower*, get warm clothes, consult with a medical professional or social worker*, play board games, attend an English (ESL) Class, watch a movie or just rest.
Volunteers (Innkeepers) stay to monitor the guests overnight. At daybreak (5 am) a breakfast crew arrives to prepare and serve a substantial, hearty morning meal. In addition, a bagged lunch is prepared for each guest to take with them upon departure.
The volunteer clean up crew begins to break down the beds and collect the bedding and towels for laundering at 6:30 am. The floors are swept and disinfected, bathrooms are sanitized and the kitchen is cleaned.
The guests leave promptly at 7:00 am and are transported back to the Day Center in Riverhead.
*Capacity and amenities vary among the participating Houses of Worship