Cold shelter available in Troy

Meals also available to those in need

By Melody Vallieu -

TROY — With temperatures dipping into the single digits, it is important for everyone to be able to take cover.

A cold shelter is again being offered in Troy at St. Joseph’s House, 21 N. Mulberry St., nightly from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning, according to Dick Steineman, organizer.

Steineman said while they have only been averaging about two to three people per night, as the temperatures continue to drop throughout the winter, the more people they will see people seeking assistance.

Steineman said the freezing conditions can be deadly, and the shelter offers them a respite from the cold and a safe place to sleep.

“Some people are still trying to stay in their cars and that can be dangerous,” Steineman said. “Starting it and stopping it, and if they fall asleep, they can freeze to death.”

Steineman said people in need often don’t seek help for many reasons.

“People stay away from shelters because they are frightened,” he said. “Some people just are loners. But it’s here if they need it.”

Steineman said anyone in need of a safe, warm place to spend the night can call him at (937) 451-1723, and he can meet them at the shelter to get them settled for the night.

Steineman said in the morning those leaving the cold shelters, Monday through Friday, can then receive breakfast a short distance away from 9-10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Walnut St., Troy. On Sunday mornings, the First United Methodist Church, 110 W. Franklin St., Troy, also offers a free breakfast to the community.

Lunch for those in need continues to be offered at Richard’s Chapel, 831 McKaig Ave., during weekdays from noon to 1 p.m., and dinner is offered from 5-6 p.m. each week night, and the last Sunday of the month at the St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, 25 N. Mulberry St.

He said he also is working on several other free meals for the community that would in the end cover a free meal being available in the city every single day of the week.

Steineman said the cold shelter is in need of blankets and pillows, and donations can be dropped off at the soup kitchen at the doors that face Water Street. Steineman said these doors are always open to allow for food donations to be dropped off, and there is a refrigerator for items that need to stay cold as well.

Meals also available to those in need

By Melody Vallieu

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