Open the Willand Warming Shelter in Somersworth, NH for all our homeless to access!

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Open the Willand Warming Shelter in Somersworth, NH for all our homeless to access!

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Kristen Devoe started this petition to Dover Mayor Robert Carrier and

Hello, I am one of many very concerned citizens of Dover. Dover has a very large homeless population with nowhere to go tonight. It is currently 26 degrees out with a 25% chance of rain and snow. The Willand Warming Shelter, located in Somersworth, NH is not opening tonight. The City of Dover brought that building for $1Million via a grant. In addition, the other 2 cities have allocated monies to this shelter, but yet it has not been open since January 11th at 9am when the overnight guests had to leave. No one is answering any concerned citizens questions as to where the money went, why they aren't opening the shelter, if they need help, or anything. Numerous people have called and messaged to no avail. We want to help get these people out of the cold and into somewhere safe. There are quite a few people willing to help volunteer at the shelter, help run it, keep it open all winter if need be. We have people who will make sandwiches, snacks, I am sure local businesses will help out with pizzas or drinks. People are more than willing to donate cases of bottled water. We have the resources and man power. Lets get this shelter open and these people out of the cold! Our homeless need our help! It is cold out, below freezing. Some are lucky and have tents, blankets, and gas powered heaters. But not all are that lucky. 211 is no help when all the shelters are closed, and COVID makes it so you can't just walk into City Welfare or Community Action. 

--UPDATE--
The company running the shelter, IDN, has decided to back out and the City of Dover has taken over operations. I have to strongly stress this: this is to be done in a PEACEFUL way. There is no need for mean or nasty calls or emails to the powers that be. I was appalled to read that some individuals called the director of IDN and left very graphic and violent voice mails. That is not who we are and that behavior is not something we will condone. We will get a lot further with niceness. The Willand Warming Center opened up on January 28th, and will remain open overnight until February 1st. We do not 100% know what the future holds for the center, but the petition is now to show Dover, Rochester, and Somersworth that there is a lot of community support behind this and we truly want to help out our homeless population and keep them local instead of shipping them up north to shelters that may have beds. 

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