St. Vincent de Paul's Bishop Ott Shelter Program is bracing for the upcoming hard freeze.
We will expand bed capacity and anticipate serving over 100 homeless men, women and children tonight and for the cold nights to come. In 2017, we provided day and night shelter services to over 1,200 men, women and children, and provided over 25,000 guest nights of shelter.
We are prepared to accommodate homeless men, women, and children in need of shelter during this cold weather. Our freeze plan will continue through the freezing temperatures this coming week.
As a community leading homeless services provider, our shelter program operates three night shelters (with a 120 + bed capacity) and one homeless day center. We currently operate two emergency shelters for men and one for homeless women and children. We expect to fill all beds and will make room for emergency cases. Our Day Center will provide a warm place for homeless women and children.
In addition to providing shelter, our programs offer services to help individuals break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient. Our programs have a remarkable record of helping the homeless obtain employment, affordable housing and other things necessary to become self-sufficient. Our philosophy of giving a hand-up, not a hand-out, has been a successful approach.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of Baton Rouge's oldest charitable institutions, serving our community for over 150 years. Our mission, through person-to-person contact, mass feeding, sheltering, and other channels, encompasses every form of aid which alleviates suffering.