Local warming shelters like Erie City Mission, Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, and Neighbors Plan all share the same thought, simply helping people when they need it most.
Jodie Krump of the Erie City Mission says, “it’s extremely important that people have a place they know they can come, get warm, get a good meal, get off of the streets, and feel that they have a place that cares about them; loves them, and wants to meet their needs.”
Warming shelters across the Erie area opening their doors during the frigid temperatures.
Neighbors Plan is a rotating shelter between several churches. Co-Coordinator Mary Hoffman says, “This kind of facility provides that ‘home’ to them. So, it is important and it is essential.” Monday night, the shelter had 46 guests, but can hold up to 70.
Another shelter that is open as a warming center is the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania. CEO Patricia Stuck tells us, “we always want to make sure that there are options for individuals to choose, just to stay safe.” MHA says they had over 40 guests staying at the shelter over the weekend.
Erie City Mission also offering emergency housing. COO Darrell Smith says, “If they are homeless and in need of a bed, they can come to the Misson regardless of the weather. We’re usually about 85 % full.”
It is estimated more than 125 guests spent the night at one of the three shelters over the weekend.