24hr Service During Life Threatening Cold
Pope Francis Center Provides Emergency Shelter During Life Threatening Cold
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 29, 2019– The Pope Francis Center– a homeless service center in the heart of Detroit – will extend its hours to provide 24 hour emergency shelter during this week’s record-breaking cold snap.
As temperatures drop to life threatening lows, the Pope Francis Center prepares to provide additional meals for anyone who walks in the door and overnight accommodations for up to 40 people, thanks to funding from Ford Motor Company Fund. The Center, which typically provides food, laundry and showers during the day, will reopen at 6pm this evening and remain open until midday Friday.
“We lost three of our guests to exposure last year. I won’t let that happen again,” explains Father Tim McCabe SJ, Executive Director of The Pope Francis Center. “The chronically homeless population that we serve often struggles with mental health issues that make them particularly vulnerable to freezing to death.”
McCabe commended the City of Detroit and Detroit Police Department for coordinating a thoughtful and humane response to this crisis. He says it’s inspiring to see so many people stepping up to help and that he plans to be a part of a coordinated solution to chronic homelessness that will alleviate the need for such efforts in the future.
For more information please contact:
(313) 964-2823 ext 213
438 St. Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226