There is much to examine concerning what Scott Shuger {"Mitch Snyder's Dubious Legacy,'' Close to Home, July 22} either does not see or chooses not to see in regard to Mitch Snyder and the homeless.

It is safe to say that the homeless issue would not have made any ''map'' without Mr. Snyder. Mr. Shuger falls short in his argument that Mr. Snyder did not take the ''second step toward the less flashy stage of activism, where solutions get sweated out.'' I put the blame on people like Mr. Shuger, who exhibit a cruelly one-sided view of the homeless -- a view tinged with disdain and disgust.

Mr. Shuger exhibits his disdain by asking if the people Mr. Snyder ''warehoused'' are better off than they would have been had Mr. Snyder led them off addictions and forced them to get job training. By using the verb ''warehoused,'' Mr. Shuger indicates that he considers the homeless to be subhuman. And he completely ignores the fact that Mr. Snyder had clinics for both recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. The shelter sponsors Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings each evening at 7.

It is obvious that Mr. Shuger did not spend enough time at the shelter, which he calls ''a chaos of booze and dope.'' If he had, he would have seen, as I have in volunteering at the shelter for four years on Saturdays, that many of the people there work full-time. Many earn minimum-wage salaries, and that is not enough to find a decent place and to eat. I have met many people who, though victims of some of the worst kinds of horrors, overcame the odds, worked hard and left the shelter. They were able to start life over.

Mr. Shuger cites two examples of homeless people to whom he offered help. Mr. Shuger complains that these people did not respond well. But this is not to say that the efforts of those who work with the homeless are in vain. Many times residents start over several times before they are successful, but successes are not won without a roof, a meal and encouragement.

In the years I have worked at the shelter, I have not seen what Mr. Shuger called ''a chaos of booze and drugs.'' I have yet to see a bottle of booze inside the shelter. What I have seen is quite different. I have observed Mr. Snyder and the Community for Creative Non-Violence staff constantly trying to make an island of peace in a world which, to the homeless, is often cruel and hostile.

It appears that Mr. Shuger's diatribe against Mitch Snyder is a cop-out, an excuse for giving up on the homeless. Mr. Shuger neglects to acknowledge that Mr. Snyder's goal was to offer people a place for recovery.

Mr. Snyder worked hard to ensure that affordable housing would become a reality. He did not expect that the federal government would move so slowly in replacing money into a fund that was cut by almost 80 percent in the 1980s. Mr. Snyder was extremely discouraged by the lack of concern as he tried to turn to the next step. His discouragement more than likely overwhelmed him. He would not understand how a country with high ideals could promote policies that indirectly maim and kill.

In the shelter there are many ceramic memorial plaques made by residents and staff members. One particularly stands out in my mind. Addressed to Mitch Snyder, it states these simple words:

May you be as happy in the Lord's House

As you have made us happy in yours.

Mr. Shuger missed the point of what Mitch Snyder and the CCNV shelter are all about.

SUSAN HYNES ROHRER Beltsville