Clyde Gollop Shelter even helps those men who are not homeless

The Clyde Gollop Night Shelter emerged in 2012 as a newly renovated tool against homelessness. While serving as a traditional homeless shelter, the organisation has quickly become known as a place for reinventing oneself, even if the person is not homeless.

What has occurred is that the shelter’s makeover went so well that it is now a desirable destination for those who have struggled to make it on the streets. The facilities were closed for two years while construction work was completed.

What is now in place is a residential facility that provides much more than emergency shelter for homeless men. Residents are surrounded by a support structure that includes breakfast, job search assistance and case management that continues to help even after someone graduates from the centre.

What is Clyde Gollop Shelter?

The Clyde Gollop Night Shelter is the primary homeless shelter serving men in Barbados. It is administered by the National Assistance Board (NAB).

The centre was created by Sir Clyde Gollop in 1994 to meet the needs of the homeless population in Barbados. Sir Gollop was an influential social worker who dedicated much of his career to helping those who were on the margins of society.

While the shelter is primarily a homeless shelter, staff understand that residents need much more than just a place to sleep. Breakfast gives each client a healthy start on the day. Case managers work with the up to 34 men staying that the facility each day plan for an eventual return to independent living.

Sometimes this process is as simple as helping someone learn a new skill or to find a job that they are qualified to do. As is common in homeless facilities, additional care is required for many residents wh0 have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

With care, some clients are able to repair strained family relationships after getting their own problems under control. Many are able to move on to become independent again. Some have even successfully rented or purchased their own home after finding new ways to earn income and save money.

Those who need a place to stay may enquire about vacancies by calling NAB at 246-426-3131 or visiting the shelter on the corner of Hindsbury Road and School Road in St. Michael.

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