Homeless shelter in Pottsville is changing lives

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POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Schuylkill County’s only homeless shelter is not only helping people, but also saving lives.
     
Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco spoke with homeless people at the shelter to hear how their lives have been changed.

My Father’s House in Pottsville has been a safe haven for many.

“We’re open to everybody. We call it My Father’s House because we don’t discriminate against anybody,” said Albert Nastasi, Executive Director of My Father’s House, Servants to All.

The center is the only homeless shelter in Schuylkill County. Before it opened in November 2015, homeless people had nowhere to go.

Since opening, Albert Nastasi tells me they’ve helped 174 homeless people, and another 54 people at risk of losing their homes.

“A stream of events happened to me and I was just down on my luck,” said Tod Mitros, homeless for a month in Schuylkill County.

Tod Mitros has been coming to the shelter for guidance since losing his job.

“First day here I came in and went right to the job fair,” said Mitros.

He now has a job and a place to call home. The shelter puts homeless people up in boarding homes and hotel rooms. The Pottsville Motor Inn helps homeless people out by letting them stay in the hotel for a discounted price.

“They help everybody as much as they possibly can,” said April Hughes, homeless in Schuylkill County.

April Hughes is a recovering drug addict. When she first came to My Father’s House for help they referred her to a local rehab facility.

“I never thought I could feel this good being clean. I feel absolutely amazing. I’m a totally different person, I really am,” said Hughes.

She now comes to the shelter every day to work on her goals for the future.
 
“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. You don’t know when a situation, a crisis of your own might come in and you need help,”said Nastasi.

“I’m very grateful for what they have done,” said Mitros.

My Father’s House is in the process of opening an overnight shelter at United Presbyterian Church in Pottsville. Once the job positions are filled, 13 beds will be available for more people in need.
     
My Father’s House runs completely on grants and donations. Donations are always appreciated. For more information, contact the center by calling 570-900-1161.

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