Record Seasonal Turnout at Erie Homeless Shelter
As the temperatures drop, the need for places like our neighbors place homeless shelter goes up. Local shelter Our Neighbors Place is already experiencing a record number of people seeking warmth this season.
When the shelter first opened up first the season in November they served around 15 to 20 people a night, now just last night more than 60 people sought shelter from the cold, according to Erie United Methodist Alliance Executive Director Kurt Crays.
The shelter is currently located inside the First Presbyterian Church of the covenant. It assigns each person with their own cot and food. The shelter also works with various organizations in Erie to get these people on the right path to finding a more permanent place to sleep.
"We're giving them abundant life by moving them into a permanent home of their own and surrounding them with the services they need in order to thrive," said Crays.
Our Neighbors Place utilizes local churches on a rotating basis. It'll set up next at Saint John the Baptist Church on East 26th street.