North Shore Sheltering Program Open House

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By Tab Hauser

The North Shore Sheltering Program (NSSP) recently held its second annual open house at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove.

The NSSP provides temporary overnight shelter during the coldest winter months to those who are homeless and then seeks to direct people in need of housing, medical care and/or treatment to the proper agencies.

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NSSP board member Steve Fortuna, NSSP board member Katie Schneider, senior counselor Jon Orgel, NSSP board member Sandy Themelis, NSSP Board President Cantor Gustavo Gitlin, Mayor Reggie Spinello, NSSP board member Victoria Crosby, NSSP board member John DiMascio, NSSP board member Vasilianna Fakiris, NSSP board member Karen Kelly, NSSP board member Colleen Fortuna, NSSP board member Rev. Jim Phegley

This program began in response to the death of two men who, left out in the elements during winter of 1996, died of exposure. Several concerned citizens joined forces with members of the clergy and started NSSP.

Housed in the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove, the shelter is staffed by more than 100 committed volunteers and several paid professional counselors.

The NSSP must rely on individuals, civic groups, religious congregations and community organizations to fund their annual budget. Each year the shelter cultivates many individual donors to obtain the supplies and funds needed in order to serve the homeless men in the Glen Cove community during the winter months.

The NSSP is administered by a board of directors consisting of members of the religious community and other involved citizens. Send donations to:  P.O. Box 415, Glen Cove, NY 11542.

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