The effort to create a teen shelter in Rockland has been unsuccessful but its supporters have decided to provide warm meals to youth who have no fixed homes.

Starting Monday, Jan. 11, homeless or hungry teens may get free, hot suppers. The meals will be provided Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church on Broadway in Rockland, across from the MacDougal School.

The service will be provided by Knox Interfaith Teen Safehaven. KITS is a community based group. Members of the Rockland Congregational Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Thomaston and the First Universalist Church will prepare and deliver the meals to the young people. Trained volunteers will staff the meal service.

The recent year-long effort by KITS to create a teen shelter on a rotating basis in local churches failed because of code, zoning and fire safety regulations.

The Breakwater Teen Shelter closed Nov. 23, 2008, after operating for eight years at 218 Main St. That building was donated to the city by Bank of America and the city sold the property last year to John Hanson Jr. for a commercial venture.

Community members got together during the past year to come up with a plan to replace the shelter. The group felt a permanent shelter was needed but knew that would take time and money and could not be accomplished before the start of winter.

KITS is seeking a donation of a foosball table or a ping-pong table. For more information, call Sharon Pree at 720-0889 or e-mail