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Shelter may be solution for Baldwin House

October 15, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the recent letter by Wendy Foley about the future use of the Baldwin House at St. Luke's Church.

I tremendously appreciate her concern about the homeless in our area and her suggestion that the Baldwin House be used as a homeless shelter.

I, too, am very aware that we have many homeless here; homeless folks come to my office and my home on a regular basis looking for assistance.

I am also on the board of the Ecumenical Council and for several years have been deeply engaged with the rest of the council in investigating the establishment of a homeless shelter in Saranac Lake.

At parish discernment meetings last summer and at the meeting of community leaders on Oct. 4, the suggestion for using the Baldwin House as a shelter was made.

Whether the Baldwin House would meet the needs of a shelter, as outlined by the Ecumenical Council, we do not yet know. In the meantime, the people of St. Luke's certainly take the suggestion seriously, as we do all the other suggestions that have been made.

Discernment, of course, takes time, especially when a faith community is discerning God's will.

I can also assure Ms. Foley that the process of discernment in which both the people of St. Luke's and the Ecumenical Council are engaged is embedded in and surrounded by prayer.

We all look forward to hearing God's response to our prayers about the future of the Baldwin House.

The Rev. Ann Gaillard

St. Luke's Church

Saranac Lake



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