I’m pretty amazed by the group that runs the Talbot Interfaith Shelter. And humbled that they asked me to join them. The shelter is a cold weather homeless shelter that hops around from one faith community to another throughout Easton. A homeless homeless shelter, actually.
Last year 68 kids in the Talbot County Public Schools were listed as homeless. Now, most of them weren’t sleeping in the woods, but were couch surfing – from one friend’s house to a family member to somewhere else. Very insecure housing, for 68 kids right here in our rural, wealthy county.
We know that emergency shelter doesn’t do anything – it’s a band-aid. The real solution to homelessness is housing.
The shelter’s board decided to step up and make some bold moves this year, and by 2015, hopes to have in place a real building with room for not only emergency shelter but transitional living for individuals and families. We’ll offer casemanagement and assistance with independent living to help people transition into their own housing.
But in order to get there, we’re going to need support.
Enter Shelter Century, the inaugural fall foliage cycling tour. It will take place on October 20th this year in St. Michaels. A family fun ride to Claiborne and back, a 31 mile fitness ride to Tilghman Island, Bozman-Neavitt and back, and a 62 mile metric century ride that does all that, but then goes out to the Bellevue Ferry and back.
Three beautiful rides taking cyclists through five picturesque waterfront villages in Talbot County, at the height of the autumn color in one of the most beautiful counties in America.
68 homeless kids in a county of 39,000 people is just plain wrong.
Let’s fix it.