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In the summer, as individuals were driven out of encampments and off the Square, some people began staying outside the assistance center – located two block off the Square by City Hall – when it was closed. Churches and other individuals dropped off things such as dinner or coffee at the site after hours.
“From Day 1 we have had a policy that people can’t be here when we aren’t here to manage it,” Rose said. “When we are closed, we aren’t here to manage things. … Just exactly what I thought was going to happen, happened. Behavior wasn’t acceptable when we were closed. People in the community started complaining.”
When assistance center officials and Woodstock police stepped in to enforce the after-hours policy, the problems decreased. The problems had stemmed from a small group of people, many of whom hadn't used the center's services, Rose said.
“By then, the damage was done,” she said. "It kind of sullied our reputation in the community."