Homeless couple gets urgent assistance

POSTED: 03/13/12 1:05 PM

St. Maarten – Intervention by Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has led to an unnamed couple in urgent need finding a place to stay for the time being. The couple, which is homeless, were found during a walk through and have been accommodated under the Crisis Care Policy. Efforts began on Monday to see if the couple could be given financial and medical assistance.

“During my walk through in St. Peters with Mr. Wilson, a concerned resident, he showed me the circumstances of a couple that we found in a very unfortunate situation but I am happy that the team acted immediately and was able to assist this couple in need. This ministry is here to help those who may not or cannot help themselves and I applaud the team for the work they did and continue to do,” de Weever stated in a release.

“The couple was very thankful that they had a warm bed to sleep on, and a place to take a shower. The gentleman mentioned that he is willing to do any type of job, as a means of giving himself and his companion a normal existence,” the statement continues.

The crisis care policy assists individuals or groups that are faced with crises and urgently in need of assistance. Crises Care is handled by the Department of Social Services, and usually counseling and guidance are offered along with solutions. Assistance in a crises situation is handled within a period of 24 to 72 hours and falls under the Ministry of Public Health Social Development & Labor.

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