We will share the stories of our visitors here with you.
A Retired Couple's Story:
We had a new family visit us at the pantry, an elderly couple with three cats. The past couple of months they have been living in a tent in campgrounds, but this week the campgrounds will close to tents for the winter season. There is very limited emergency housing available in Suffolk County, and the waitlists are closed. If they want to go to a shelter, they have to give up their three cats, as pets are not permitted.
We asked them where will they live, they said in rest stops on the highways, that’s the only place they can sleep in their van without being asked to move from the police. They have been going to pantries and are being turned away because they are not from that community or town.