Two years ago, harsh winter weather hit the region and Tom – a newcomer to Erie – had nowhere to go.
“I had never heard of Our Neighbors’ Place before and thank God I found out because I utilized the shelter until I could get back on my feet,” Tom said.
The shelter recently started its eighth year of ensuring everyone has a warm, safe place to sleep during Erie’s winter season.
Last winter, 342 homeless men and women found safe, warm overnight accommodations through the shelter that moves among several downtown churches every two weeks, including First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Church of the Nativity, St. John the Baptist Church and St. Joseph's Bread of Life. Other churches and organizations are invited and encouraged to host nights at these locations.
The shelter is open every night from 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Guests are provided two simple meals, the opportunity to shower, a place to sleep, chaplain services and are introduced to available homeless services.
“Our Neighbors’ Place Seasonal Shelter is truly a community effort and operates almost completely by volunteers,” said Kurt Crays, EUMA’s Executive Director.
To view the schedule for the 2019-20 season, click here.