Stroud Township, Monroe County – Over the past two years Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church food pantry volunteers noticed some people weren’t taking all the food they offered. "We noticed that they weren't taking bags of groceries at times because they had no place to store them,” said volunteer Mary Ann Broschart.
A study revealed there were more than 130 homeless people in Monroe County. Broschart said, "Our hearts kind of went out to them."
During Hurricane Sandy and on some exceptionally cold nights the church let people stay overnight. But it wasn’t zoned as a long term shelter. So church members worked with Stroud Township officials to get the gym up to code as an overnight winter shelter. "I'm glad we are able to help in any way we can,” said Broschart.
Each night the church gym will turn into a safe place to stay for up to 18 people. The church will provide cots and blankets. Scot Remaley is homeless. He said, "I'm thankful that I came to the right place."
The shelter will be open daily from 10p.m. to 6p.m through the winter.