Carpenter’s Place operates a Day Room with an open door policy as the first step to engaging a homeless person in the process of improving their life situation. As long as individuals are not violent or intoxicated, anyone who is homeless may come into the Day Room and receive a lunch ticket for 7 days. To continue receiving a lunch ticket after 7 days, they must meet with a case manager if they have not already done so.
The Day Room is a safe, structured space where people who live on the street can seek shelter for the day in a positive environment. An average of 90 – 100 guests per day make use of the Day Room. Practical and essential basic services are coordinated by Day Room staff and include: a comfortable common gathering area with tables and chairs, breakfast and lunch, a shower, a change of clothing, telephone for appropriate local calls, a message service for appropriate messages, referrals, and positive conversation.
By first meeting these most basic human needs, CP provides an atmosphere that allows the homeless person to focus on something other than moment-to-moment survival. Through the encouragement of Day Room staff and seeing their peers attain levels of success, guests are encouraged to actively participate with case managers and develop their own individualized Life Recovery Plan for success.
The Day Room is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.