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WILKES-BARRE--- With extreme cold in the forecast, people in Luzerne County are making sure those who are homeless have a warm place to stay.

Shelters in Luzerne County tell Newswatch 16 they are going to do their best to accommodate as many people as they can during this cold snap.

Mother Nature isn’t giving many of us any relief from the cold in Wilkes-Barre. Something as simple as a warm welcome and a bag full of supplies from Church on the Square really makes a difference for a homeless person like Hope Remus.

“When you feel alone, you think this is a good place. We're lucky to have it here, the Church on the Square,” Remus said.

Right now, Herbert Rhohadfox said it is getting harder for homeless people like himself to find a place to stay warm.

“Every night there's more and more and more homeless people coming in so that's not good,” Rhohadfox said.

“What goes through your mind when you hear weather like this is you panic. You're on the phone with the phone with everyone associated with the church like what can we possibly do to help these guys get off the street,” Pastor of Church on the Square Vince O’Boyle said.

This is why Church on the Square was open for people to stop in and get warm for part of the day. All hands were on deck making sandwiches to give out to people on the streets.

A volunteer named Jerry said he does it because he was once in their shoes but Church on the Square made all the difference for him.

“Years ago I was nothing like this. Nothing, like I said I was out on the streets, I was addicted, now I have a whole new life on me, a better life,” Jerry said.

In cold weather like this, shelters like Ruth's Place in Wilkes-Barre don't turn anyone away.

“When I leave my house in the morning I could cry just thinking about it because the cold air hurts and I don't want anyone to be out there in it,” Ruth’s Place Program Coordinator Crystal Williams said.

We are also told Good Shepherd Lutheran in Wilkes-Barre is welcoming homeless men in for shelter.

If you would like to help the homeless, Church on the Square is collecting gently used and new warm clothing. To make a donation, you can stop by their place on Public Square anytime between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday's and Sunday's. It is also open on Tuesday's after 6 p.m.


  • Nana

    Finally a stories about Humans out in the cold! Where are all the complainers now. Maybe they got off the couch , took a shower and went to help!

    • potsmoker

      And yet they knew it was going to get cold and failed to plan ahead like the rest of us , Some are smart enough to flee to Florida , How do you help addicts who won’t quit ? You can’t !!

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