MOUNT VERNON — If you were no longer allowed to be a resident in your home tomorrow, where would you go? Perhaps you have a support system of friends and family who can make a little room under their roof for the time being, but what would happen if that support system wasn’t there? What if there was no other alternative to turn to? Without the physical foundation of a place to live, it can seem like the rest of a person’s life can topple down on them.
In Knox County there is an outlet for community members without a roof over their heads to go and not only have a place to stay and recuperate during the winter months, but to work on having more control of their lives through goal oriented advocacy and access to community resources. Last season at the Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter, from Nov. 1, 2016, to April 1, 2017, 156 individuals were a part of the advocacy program.