The deep freeze has prompted the reopening of an emergency shelter for the homeless in Akron for the second time this month and by Monday it was already full.
The Peter Maurin Center at 1096 S. Main St., which is an overnight shelter for homeless people who had been living in tents and doorways, has once again been open 24 hours a day for several days and is serving 22 people with the assistance of scores of volunteers.
“We expect to go through Wednesday,” said Maurin Center founder and executive director Joe May.
Residents at the facility receive a dinner at 8 p.m. and a breakfast at 8 a.m. prepared by volunteers, May said.
Organizers of the emergency shelter boast about their “amazing volunteers.”
“Our loving, caring and giving volunteers never fail to amaze us!” the group says on its website www.petermaurin.org. “There are no paid positions and food is abundant.”
The added services provided at the shelter this month have brought additional costs, May said.
Some of the additional expense is for a security guard to keep watch over things.
May estimates the nonprofit will spend $2,500 for security this month and is appealing for donations from the public.
Donations can be sent to the Peter Maurin Center, 1096 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44301.
At Akron’s Haven of Rest Ministries, a 71-year-old Christian social service agency and homeless shelter, executive director Jeff Kaiser said the shelter has not hit its capacity.
Kaiser said the shelter can handle 150 to 170 men at the emergency shelter, 23 people in the group’s long-term program and 50 women and children.
The shelter, he said, has room for those who have been living in tents and outside.
“We don’t want them in the cold elements,” Kaiser said.
The facility at 175 E. Market St., Kaiser said, has emergency space in the event there would be an influx of residents, but the shelter has never had to open it up.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or email@example.com.