I am writing to correct some misinformation given in an article in the December 5 Western Edition of The Southampton Press article titled “Homeless Encampments Trouble Hamlet Residents.”
In the article, the area churches participating in Hampton Bays are listed as: St. Rosalie’s, the Assembly of God and the Hampton Bays Methodist Church, with the Lutheran Church in Quogue also named.
For your information, Maureen’s Haven began in the winter of 2002 under the auspices of Peconic Community Council. At that time, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Hampton Bays and the Mattituck Presbyterian Church were the first two churches to participate in the program — and continue to do so to this day.
The homeless were housed one night a week at that time, from November 1 through April 1. Gradually, over the next several years, several other community churches came aboard so that seven nights a week were covered. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hampton Bays, and the Assembly of God, Hampton Bays, assisted at St. Mary’s, with some volunteers also coming from St. Rosalie’s and the Methodist Church. Eventually, Christ Our Savior welcomed guests at their own facility (and continue to do so).
St. Mary’s continues to host with volunteer assistance from the other Hampton Bays area churches.
Hopefully, this clarifies the program in Hampton Bays.
Diane R. Sherwood
Past Coordinator for St. Mary’s and Hampton Bays
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