St. Paul's Community Center in Toledo is in its third year of its Winter Crisis Program, in which the facility opens at night to provide shelter for the homeless from harsh winter weather. The program opens daily at 7 p.m., but is in need of donations because funding will only last until Feb. 15.
Upon arrival, each person is welcomed with a cup of coffee, sandwich, and hot bowl of soup. A light breakfast is also given before dismissal in the morning.
SPCC's Executive Director Marcia Langenderfer helped start the program, after noticing several people huddled in the parking lot after the center closed. She knew there needed to be a place for the homeless to stay safe and warm at night.
SPCC's mission is to provide support services to people who are severely impacted by mental, physical, emotional, or financial indigence. The priority population targeted for services at SPCC is people who are homeless and have experienced severe and persistent mental illness.
The agency serves the needs of what can be considered the most underserved population in the Toledo metropolitan area. It provides targeted emergency shelter and transitional services to men and women in need.
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