Everyone has perceptions of the homeless, often stereotypes of drunks and drug addicts. While there are homeless that fit that stereotype, most do not. The ESFV is a drug and alcohol free environment; anyone caught not abiding by Shelter rules is asked to leave. Many who end up at the Shelter, have either had a string of bad luck or are suffering from some form of physical/mental health issue. The shelter provides an opportunity to receive the support and skills to become sustainably independent.
On average, demographics at the Shelter look like this:
Single Males - 47%
Single Females - 15%
Families/children - 38% (16% of those are adults, and 22% are children).
Other counties: 24%
Out of state: 12%