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Recent closing of popular ministry
has created even bigger problem
BY PAUL COLLINS
THE CHRONICLE ?!
More people are staying at Samaritan Inn -
Samaritan Ministries' men's shelter - this year
than last year because of the troubled economy
and the closing of the Lighthouse Ministries'
shelter earlier this year, said Jeff Hardin, develop
ment director for Samaritan Ministries.
Sonjia Kurosky, executive director of Samar
itan Ministries, agreed that demand is "high."
Hardin said there has been a 7 percent
increase in men staying at the shelter this year.
'"We have a 69-bed shelter....By the end of this
year we will have provided about 25,000 nights
of shelter. That is the number of men in the shel
ter per night times 365....That's not a record, but
it s in the upper
range of our all
time service." He
said Samaritan Inn
was busy even
before the Light
shelter closed dur
ing the summer.
"We've been busy
provides men a
place to sleep and
then breakfast the
ing and dinner that
night if they continue to stay. The shelter does not
allow men to stay there during the day. Samaritan
Ministries also offers the men some limited case
management. A counselor will ask the man what
issues caused him to become homeless and how
Samaritan Ministries can assist him in not being
homeless any longer. The counselor will help the
man lay out an action plan - perhaps getting job
training or job resources, or finding a job and sav- -
ing money in order to get out of the shelter. A man
can stay 90 consecutive days at the shelter and
possibly get an additional 30 days (for a total of
120 days) if the man is making good progress on
his action plan.
Samaritan Ministries actively works with '
other agencies - such as CenterPoint Human Ser- ?
vices for mental health needs or agencies to pro
vide needed medications for health problems - to I
help the men get on their feet, Hardin said.
He also said Samaritan Ministries has seen an
increase in the number of meals served at its soup
kitchen - up 26 percent over the last three years, i
"We just probably, in the last week or so, sur- 1
passed our all-time record for meals served in a I
year. We'll probably, by the time the year's over, i
be right at 130,000 total meals served. That's .
lunch, which is open to anyone in the communi- |
ty, no questions asked; and then dinner and break- I
fast to our guests in the shelter." :
"Not only are we in recessioh, but also the ?
manufacturing base of our economy has been c
dwindling over the last several years," Hardin
said. "We're dealing with the people who don't |
have as many jobs to compete for any longer I
See Shelters on *8 I
? Photo by Bnice Chapman
Local actors wow a crowd on the opening night of Black Nativity Dec. 13. The show, which is pro
duced by Larry Leon Hamlin's NX. Black Repertory Company, has become a local holiday favorite.
Billed as gospel Christmas musical. Black Nativity has three more runs at the Arts Council Theater.
Tomorrow and Saturday the show will be presented at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For infor
mation about ticket prices and availability, call 336-723-2266.
Stephen Hairston is a former
Winston-Salem police officer
who has been active with the
organization for many years
BYT. KEVIN WALKER
The work of the NAACP chapter presi
dent is never done. There are countless
meetings with everyone from business
leaders to elected officials; hundreds of
phone calls to respond to. many from peo
ple who feel they have been victimized or
discriminated against; and then there is the
never-ending fight for economic, educa
tional and social parity.
is ready and willing to
stand on the front
lines here in Winston
Salem. He was offi
cially sworn in Dec.
17 as the new presi
dent of the city's
NAACP chapter. He
takes over for long
time NAACP head
Bill Tatum, who has
said that the full plate of being NAACP
president was hard to balance along with
his regular job.
Hairston. 48. doesn't anticipate having
that problem. He retired as a sergeant from
the Winston-Salem Police Department two
years ago after nearly 20 years on the
"1 really have the time and the effort to
put forward," he said.
Hairston has been involved with the
NAACP off and on for the better part of his
life. He was a member when he was a
teenager. At that time his uncle. Patrick
Hairston, was president of the local chap
ter. Stephen Hairston became active in the
organization again in the mid-1990s when
On the shoulders of angels
Denise Hartsfield sworn j
in as District Court judge I
3YT. KEVIN WALKER
Hundreds of people packed a court
room in the Forsyth County Courthouse
ast Thursday to look on as Denise
Hartsfield was officially swom in as the
lewest District Court judge in the 21st
fudicial District. There were so many
people, in fact, that those who came in
ate had to stand along walls. But the
mention of Hartsfield and many of her
supporters was on a person who, physi
;ally, was not in the packed room.
Delray Hartsfield, DeniseV father,
massed away in March. He was 82, and
le and Denise's mother, Doris, had
Sec Hartsfield on A7 ^U?^9e Poland Hayes swears in Judge Denise Hartsfield.
he was working in the
foot patrol division in
public housing. Hair
ston began to devote
much of his time to
the NAACP after
helping Tatum at the
office and in the field.
around education and
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Hairston says his first goal is simply to
"1 plan on starting at square one. and
square one to me is getting out in the com
munity. We have got to see (what) their
concerns are. work with their concerns."
By listening to concerns and responding
appropriately to them, Hairston hopes to
attract new members to the chapter (there
are currently about 600 members) and
See Hairston on A3
Photo coortcvy W SPD
Officer Tony D. Cagle holds the certificate he was awarded last week
by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Cagle earned the
honor by pulling over a car that contained three suspects wanted for
a rash of robberies. Read more about Cagle on C4.
On a Rolle
Former drug addict and prostitute
graduates with honors from WSSU
BY COURTNEY GAILLARI)
THE CHRONICLE ?
Janet Taylor Rolle was among the 214 stu
dents who graduated from Winston-Salem State
University on Dec. 13. The day was a high for
Rolle. but in her life she has also experienced
Less than 10 years before Rolle earned a
bachelor's degree in English, she was living on
the streets as a prostitute who was addicted to
crack. How did she transition from a crack addict
to a cum latide college graduate'.' Rolle credits
her faith, foremost.
Rolle was first introduced to drugs by a
friend in 1985 when she was 27. At the time, sire
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Photo by Kevin Walker
Janet Rolle cele
Rolle plans to
find work as a
and continue to
minister to oth
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