Ryandale's Elm Street Shelter to Close April 30
Ryandale's Shelter for the Homeless on Elm Street will close at the end of the month.
Board Chair, Dr. Bob Crawford says because Ryandale was recently designated as an emergency overflow shelter, the city determined that funds used to operate its 15 bed shelter would be better used elsewhere.
“As the City’s plan began to show success, we knew that we would be vulnerable to closure as a shelter operation, so this decision was not a total surprise," says Crawford.
"We recognize the City’s fiduciary duty to its citizens to spend tax dollars in responsible ways. Having said that, one cannot ignore the emotional impact this decision will have on our staff, board members and residents both past and present."
Ryandale will continue to operate a seven bed transition house for men on Victoria Street, while additional possibilities for supporting housing needs in Kingston are explored.
“For nearly two years, we have been working closely with the City, the United Way, and other community agencies to determine a path forward in which Ryandale can continue to serve those in need of housing support in Kingston. In this regard, we envision a number of exciting possibilities for the future."
Ryandale will hold an open house on Thursday, May 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 23 Elm Street to thank employees, volunteers, residents, donors, and community partners for the years of support.