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Those who care for our homeless

A young street dweller. Photo: Gerard-Paul Wanliss

The Ministry’s Hernandez Place Sanctuary in Arima offers residential care for socially displaced persons aged 55 years and older. Its New Horizons Centre offers accommodation, care and rehabilitation to street dwellers; Piparo Empowerment Rehabilitation Centre (656-0764) caters specifically for drug addiction. It provides group and individual family therapy and counselling, rehabilitation treatment, social re-integration, remedial, follow-up and after-care.

The Community Care Programme gives long-term care to persons 60 years and older who are unable to care for themselves. Referrals are usually done through hospitals. Information on these services can be obtained from the SDU, Nahous Building 45A-C St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, (623-2608 ext 5701-5705).

The Centre for Socially Displaced POS (365-6711) is managed by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (623-4926/625-3562) on behalf of government. Street dwellers are among the clients.

Accommodation is provided, and rehabilitation through Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous with the aim of reintegrating persons into their families and society.

The SVP has a night shelter at Ruth Avenue, San Fernando (657-8777) with intake on a month-to-month basis on the first Thursday. A place to sleep is offered overnight and persons leave 7 a.m. next day. Space is very limited so the policy is ‘first come, first served’.

Court Shamrock Home for Socially Displaced is a privately managed facility in San Fernando which provides accommodation and rehabilitation services to street dwellers, and a space to the homeless as a result of fire destroying their homes and other circumstances.

Rebirth House Oasis on Duncan Street is a walk-in where persons struggling with addiction including street dwellers can get hygienic services.