49 different overnight clients
10 different meals only clients
1,121 overnight stays
Independent housing secured – 10
Jobs obtained - 9
Identification documents received – 15
Telephones procured – 8
Medical insurance obtained – 4
Medical/vision or dental care accessed – 17
Mental health counseling referrals – 5
Addiction counseling/rehabilitation program referrals – 5
Reconnections made with family – 5
Vehicles obtained - 1
BEDFORD – The Men’s Warming Shelter has found a new home after the Bedford Zoning Appeals board approved a special exception permit for boarding and lodging at the location.
The approval was 3-0 with Angel Hawkins abstaining from the vote.
Charles Edwards interim president of Stone City Alliance For Recovery and Hope Inc. spoke on behalf of the organization that is purchasing the property at 1414 H Street to operate the Men’s Warming Shelter.
One resident Monty and Polly Flynn did express concerns about residing close to the location. Monty also expressed concern regarding loitering on private property prior to the shelter being opened.
Edwards advised her that they have strict guidelines and rules for those who use the facility and if she experienced any problems to contact officials.
“Many in this community, believe homelessness is a big city problem. But I am here certainly to tell you that is not the case,” said Edwards in his opening remarks.
The Men’s Warming Shelter first opened on January 2, 2014, following the tragic death of a homeless man in Bedford.
During the past eight years, more than 100 men have been served at the Men’s Warming Shelter, originally coordinated under the offices of the Salvation Army and later by the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church alongside various other churches in Lawrence County.