Now that snow has fallen in our area, it is important to think about those who suffer from the cold, especially in extreme temperatures and wind-chill.
Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale operates an Emergency Shelter for the most extreme nights.
“Warmth in the Night” is opening for its third year in the Parish Hall of the Church. From 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. guests may come in, have a hot meal, warm fellowship and a safe place to stay.
Fr. Edward Erb, rector of the church, says that the bench-mark began three years ago when a severe stretch of below zero temperatures hit Honesdale. So he, his wife Susan, several volunteers from the parish and the community set up a system for helping those in need.
When the temperature and/or wind-chill dip below zero the shelter opens.
“Last year, we were fortunate with a mild winter,” commented Fr. Erb. “But this year we anticipate a snowy and cold one.”
For that reason, extra cots have been secured, more blankets and pillows gathered. There is one great need, though, and that is volunteers to host the shelter, particularly men and women who would be willing to spend a night or two when the need arises.
There is brief training which is required for safety and simple rules and regulations.
If you are interested, please call the parish office at (570) 253-2760. Grace Church is located next to Central Park in Honesdale.