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Congratulations to CHAMP Homes and Pilot House Shelter on their new venture!

September 14, 2012  |  By Elyse DeGroot, Director of Community Relations and Marketing, Duffy Health Center

We had the great pleasure of witnessing the ribbon-cutting for the ‘new’ Pilot House Shelter on August 30, at noon. You may be aware that Housing For All Corporation (operator of CHAMP Homes) has assumed the responsibility for Pilot House Shelter. After much discussion, Community Action Committee of Cape and Islands (CACCI) decided that operating Pilot House Shelter was not within the scope of their mission, and that their projected financial position would not allow Pilot House Shelter to continue as a CACCI program. Duffy Health Center, Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) and the Regional Network to End Homelessness met periodically over the spring and summer to discuss possible scenarios.

I was very impressed with the work of the CACCI and HFAC boards of directors as they worked through this problem. Paul and Carolyn Hebert, co-directors of CHAMP Homes, set the goal of raising $83,000 within six weeks to keep Pilot House Shelter going. With the help of a major donor and at least one corporate gift, the HFAC agreed to take on the lease and the programs of Pilot House Shelter.

People have asked if the policies of Pilot House Shelter will change, and we have been assured that they will not. In fact, the Hebert’s and their staff have immersed themselves in understanding harm reduction, the addiction treatment funding stream, and even how Suboxone works. We at Duffy are proud to continue our partnership with Pilot House Shelter, through a regular annual budget commitment to its operation and our program partnership. Pilot House Shelter residents are required to receive services at Duffy Health Center. Each resident is screened for eligibility by Cindy Glista, who also instructs the resident about the guidelines in place for sober living at Pilot House Shelter. Many Pilot House Shelter residents receive case management services from Duffy Health Center’s Opportunities Program, and periodically the Behavioral Health department provides group counseling on-site at Pilot House Shelter. How’s that for integrated care?!

Please join me in congratulating the brave residents of Pilot House Shelter, who have weathered this transition remarkably well. And thanks to our Duffy staff who have supported them through this process.