Quantifying homelessness

Julee Laurent, executive director of Emergency Shelter Services, sorts through donations of hand warmers, blankets, sleeping bags, socks and other items this week to be handed out to the homeless during the upcoming Point-in-Time Count of the area’s homeless.

BENTON HARBOR — A woman and her two children spent Christmas together parked somewhere in Berrien County in their van.

“There’s no place in any of the shelters or anywhere for her to go,” said Julee Laurent, executive director of Emergency Shelter Services (ESS). “We have to look that problem straight in the eye and fix it.”