Kendal Haight was a part of HAC's housing for over 18 years. Our organization is small and we consider ourselves to be a family. We are all so deeply saddened by his loss and are trying to find a way to cope without him. The hearts of staff, tenants, Board, and supporters are all broken over this tremendous loss. Kendal was not just a tenant at HAC. He did so much for the staff, the tenants, and the organization as a whole. Right now, HAC is focused on grieving this terrible loss and providing our community with the support it needs.
It was known by all tenants that HAC does not allow alcohol to be brought into the building for safety reasons. If a tenant attempted to enter with alcohol, the tenant was always given the option to give the bottle to staff to discard so they could enter. If they decided not to surrender the alcohol, they were asked to leave the premises (including the area immediately surrounding the building) for a period of 1 hour. The night before his death, Kendal attempted to enter with a bottle. Our staff pleaded with him to turn the alcohol over and come inside, and reminded him that if he didn't, it would be a 1 hour consequence away fom the premises. Kendal refused to turn the bottle over and walked out of the building. After remaining at the front of the building for a time, he ultimately left the premises and he did not return for the rest of the night. Our staff called local hospitals trying to locate Kendal and even checked the preimeter of the building with no success. HAC followed a protocol that has been in place since we opened over 18 years ago, that Kendal had followed for years.
Out of any tragedy, comes reflection and a chance to review day to day operations. Because of this tragedy, HAC has stopped outside consequences and are re-evaluating all policies and operations.
The Homeless Action Committee continues to provide compassionate and caring services. We will continue our work to provide support and stability to all of the homeless who are still out there on the street and we will continue to provide outreach to let them all know that someone cares for them. We will also continue housing people who were formerly homeless. In the face of this tragedy we are resolved even more to continue our important work.
We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us to share their support and their concerns with us. It has been a great source of solace and we are grateful.
________________________________________________________________________________________________ November 10th, 2017
News Coverage on the HAC VAN
Channel 13 covered a story that focused on the HAC Outreach Van and the amazing work they do all year round but espcially during cold winter nights. Please help us
raise funds for this critical program! Thank you Channel 13 and Abigail Bleck!