South Park Inn conducts weekly outreach efforts to seek out homeless people sleeping under bridges, overpasses, by the Connecticut River, in the woods, and other out-of-the-way places. Staff approach people living outdoors, most of whom are chronically homeless and either mentally ill or substance abusers, or both, and who are leery of the “system” and unwilling or afraid to come into a shelter. South Park Inn provides simple bag lunches, blankets and other essential items for distribution to those in need.
The homeless are encouraged to come to the shelter and the staff offer assistance, as may be necessary. It is not unusual to develop a rapport with someone and have it take an extended amount of time to convince them to come to the shelter.