As cold temperatures begin to plague communities across Beaver County, local organizations are working together to provide warm shelter for those in need this season.
The Cornerstone of Beaver County has announced that it is partnering with local organizations to provide heated shelters throughout the winter to homeless people in Beaver County. Shelters will provide relief from extreme cold and wind chills throughout the winter, which can be fatal for those stuck outside.
“Winter is dangerous for the homeless. As the temperature drops, living outside in the elements, in cars, in tents, in abandoned buildings, not only becomes more difficult and uncomfortable, but it can also lead to illness, injury and even death. “said TCBC Managing Director Marie Timpano.
Warm-up centers will be available at the following locations and times:
- The Cornerstone of Beaver County (600 Sixth St., Beaver Falls), Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Ministry of Trails (1217 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls), Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Central United Methodist Church (1227 Sixth Ave., Beaver Falls)
- New Brighton Municipal Building (610 Third Ave., New Brighton), Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Rochester Free Methodist Church (480 Jefferson St., Rochester) Visitors are asked to call ahead at 724-774-5304 for shelter
In addition to providing warmth, the above locations will also have access to the basic needs and housing resources of Cornerstone Beaver County for visitors. Other resources can also be found on the organization’s website, including help with groceries and meals, clothing or any other assistance needed.
The Beaver County cornerstone also continues to raise funds for the construction of his 24/7 men’s shelter in Vanport Township. The project has been approved for funding by the Beaver County Community Development Program (CDP), but additional fundraising efforts are needed to complete the installation by early 2022.
“We are grateful to have such wonderful community partners coming together to help keep the homeless out of harm’s way this winter,” said Timpano. “As we work to get the support needed to begin construction of our county’s 24/7 emergency men’s shelter, we hope this will be the last winter without a men’s shelter in the county. Beaver. “
Garret Roberts is the local public priorities reporter for the Beaver County Times. He can be contacted at [email protected] and can be followed on Twitter at @ReportedRoberts.