Saturday, January 22, 2011

Honesdale Church Opening Shelter, Offering Warmth

From Diocese of Bethlehem- (Video)

In Wayne County, the frigid temperatures have one church trying to bring people in out of the cold.

Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale is opening its doors as a temporary shelter.

Inside the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale, cots are set out and made up as beds, as hearty soup and macaroni and cheese sits simmering in crock-pots.

Volunteers are opening this hall as a shelter from 7 pm until 7 am through out weekend.

Anyone who comes out can stay, no questions asked.

"They just come in. We'd like to have a first name but they don't have to fully identify themselves if they don't want to, it's pretty much anonymous," said Susan Erb, the wife of pastor at Grace Episcopal Church.

Guests are then provided with plenty of supplies to help them get a good night's rest.

"There's toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, your basic things that if someone wants to come in that they might need overnight," said volunteer Cindy Smith. "And we've gotten some great donations. These are hats and scarf set that someone crocheted and donated."

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