The Sunday Breakfast Mission is overwhelmed by ReagoBushonomics (emphasis added):
The emergency shelter holds 20 adults and a handful of children, depending on their ages. There are transitional apartments for families headed by single mothers, and housing for families moving into their own homes. And there are plans for a six-unit apartment building, though it’ll be another year before ground is even broken.
But that capacity is far outstripped by the need. In January and February alone, the shelter had to turn away 103 men, 76 women and 73 children — more people than went through its doors in all of 2008.
It’s the only shelter in Sussex County that accepts children, said Program Director Michele Stewart.
The office gets 15 to 20 calls a day, and most get the same answer.
“We don’t have space,” Morole says flatly, and sadly. “The way the economy has turned, it has increased. The kind of help people want has changed.”