Helping the homeless
Above: Joe Selenski, director of the Barnabas House, at the homeless shelter in Malone.
Homeless shelters provide safety and comfort for individuals and families. In the North Country, keeping those guests warm is a top priority.
Based in Malone, the Barnabas House provides shelter and services to the homeless. In 2013, the Special and Urgent Needs Fund at Adirondack Foundation, with support from the Malone Community Fund, awarded the shelter $5,000 in grants to help purchase a new heating system.
Barnabas House provides six secure rooms for individuals and families, and can house nine people at a time.
"Besides basic shelter, we provide supervision, living skill instruction, advocacy, counseling, and other supportive services to help our guests regain hope for a better future," says Director Joe Selenski. "Many of our 'guests' are very short term. However we work for longer durations with anyone who is steadily progressing toward self sufficiency goals. We provide job search assistance, literacy tutors, essential needs transportation, child care, and assisted referral services for social services, substance abuse counseling, mental health and more."
In addition to clean, furnished bedrooms and bath and shower facilities, Barnabas House provides shared kitchen use, office and telephone use for job searches, and other essential needs including laundry facilities, a food pantry, bed linens, blankets, and basic hygiene supplies.