Night Shelter celebrates 20 years of helping the indigent

The Night Shelter opened its doors two decades ago to provide temporary refuge for the homeless, and now it has expanded its services to offer patient care assistance to the indigent.

Celebrating 20 years in operation on January 8, 2021, Hon. Dr Vindhya Persaud, Minister of Human Services and Social Security, underscored the need for continuous infrastructural works and “delivery of health care and disability friendly services.”

She noted that a number of healthcare initiatives were introduced over the last two months including the recruitment of five Patient Care Assistants to take care of persons with disabilities who are unable to care for themselves.

A Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing programme was also added to the Shelter’s roster.

“This is a collaborative effort between our Ministry and the Ministry of Health whereby persons who suffer from diabetes, tuberculosis and mental health related issues are treated at the facility by medical professionals. I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Jeetendra Mohanlall, National Tuberculosis Programme Manager, and his team for this timely support,” Minister Persaud said.

Furthermore, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), through its ambulance service, has rendered emergency medical care when required.

Meanwhile, in an effort to improve the existing amenities, the washroom facilities and the dorms are currently being retiled and repainted, while the electrical circuit systems are being rewired.

Located at Arapaima Street, East La Penitence, the Shelter has the capacity to accommodate approximately 150 persons. It is a 24-hour sanctuary for those without a place to stay and provides a roof over their heads, meals, and other amenities. The Shelter will soon offer skills training and other programmes to reintegrate persons back into society.

For the ongoing success of the Shelter, Minster Persaud expressed her gratitude to “the Administrator and staff for their service.”

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