The Windham Region No Freeze Project currently offers four levels of service to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
No Freeze Shelter
This safe and welcoming place currently offers 30 beds and 10 chairs where people experiencing homelessness can rest and sleep on cold nights from November 1 through April 30, 7:30 pm to 8:30 am. The shelter provides restroom and shower facilities and will also safely store personal belongings and medication as needed.
We are currently seeking a new space for the shelter, our offices and our hospitality center. Please contact Avery Lenhart if you have a suitable building.
Walk-in Hospitality Center
During the day throughout the year, a small part of the shelter space becomes our Walk-in Hospitality Center where guests can access personal health and hygiene supplies, showers and restrooms, and meet with trained personnel who can connect them to services. This space also serves as offices for our staff: executive director, shelter manager, and community navigator.
Our helpful, caring and knowledgeable staff guide guests through 211 intakes that connect homeless persons to state and local assistance programs that can deliver permanent housing.
When a person enters shelter, their risk of returning to shelter increases. Those who are diverted have lower risk of ever entering shelter in their lifetime. Diversion money may pay to kennel a pet, provide a security deposit, fund meals at a relative’s home, pay transportation costs to get someone home, and other expenses.
We have strong working relationships with community outreach and case management programs that work directly with the homeless population including:
- Access Agency
- Community Health Resources
- Covenant Soup Kitchen
- Generations Family Health Center
- Holy Family Shelter
- Perception Programs
- The Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT, Inc.
- United Services
- Windham Area Interfaith Ministry.