In serving the needs of the homeless population within the Greater Saratoga region, Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) has consistently sought to prioritize the amount of space in its buildings that it devotes to guest housing for men and women 18 years and older. As a result, space devoted to other functions has been kept to a minimum. Over 85% of the shelter’s square footage is directly used in guest related services. As SOS has expanded its services over the last several years to meet the needs of this area’s homeless population, the issues of minimal storage and meeting space has become a chronic and significant problem.
With the advent of the Adult Outreach Program in 2010, expanded to Youth in 2012, SOS has struggled to find space to store the personal care, clothing, and food items distributed through these programs to “street homeless”, as well as to individuals and families temporarily lodged in outlying motels. In response to increasing community need, in 2012 SOS converted a second property at 20 Walworth Street to house up to 16 additional homeless males, thereby increasing SOS’ overall sheltering capacity by 70% and exacerbating the storage deficit.
To alleviate this critical and costly problem, SOS recently met a fundraising goal to complete a two-story, 720 square foot addition at 14 Walworth Street. We look forward to breaking ground in Spring 2016.
The expansion will meet the following needs:
- Workforce development center and confidential multi-functional meeting space for houseguests
- Efficient and expanded food storage and walk-in freezer
- Storage space for clothing and items used for shelter and outreach programs
Thank you to our generous funders who have given to the expansion fund.
The Saratoga Foundation
Anonymous Gift in honor of Lynn Bradley, Chair
Kennedy-Mulcahy Fund of the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Foundation
Rebuilding Together of Saratoga County
Troy Savings Bank Foundation
Adirondack Trust Company
J.M. McDonald Foundation
Stephan and Carolyn von Schenk
Friend (up to $1,000)
Crawford Windows and Doors
Dr. Merodie Hancock
Drs. Kevin Pumiglia and Kathryn Leopold
Jeff and Bart Altamari
GE Elfun Fund
Cathy and Elliott Masie
Pallette Stone Corp
The Golub Foundation