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“A RESTING PLACE”
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, we offer a safe space to rest, get out of the weather and off the streets. We have hot coffee and water as well as snacks.
Every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, we offer a hot lunch, free clothing and hygiene items. The Maryland Health Department is also available for assisting people.
The second Wednesday of each month a workshop for helping with disability application is available.
Three days a week, the chairs sitting in the back rows of the sanctuary at New Light Metropolitan Community Church are covered in sheets.
These makeshift beds in the building at 40 West Church Street in Hagerstown are serving a need for local homeless with no place to stay during the day.
“We were looking at some of what was missing in Hagerstown because there is a great feeding program but there’s not really a place for them to go and be safe and take a load off of their feet and put their stuff down during the morning and afternoon,” said the Rev. Deb Coggin, senior pastor at New Light Metropolitan Church.
Coggin’s wife, Denise Fenninger, heads the program they call “A Resting Place” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is entirely run on volunteers from the church and the community as well as donations from near and far.
“We’re not psychiatrists but we love people,” Fenninger said. “They come in here and we listen and talk with them and remind them they’re human,” she said, choking back tears.
The church relies on donations from others in the form of food, clothing and toiletries.
In addition to the set hours that they welcome guests, to the left of the door outside on the street sits a bookcase with assorted packaged food, cans, socks and random clothes just waiting for an owner. The bookcase was added when volunteers quickly found that if they put out what they could, people would come at all times.
Donations can be dropped off at 40 West Church Street in Hagerstown. For more information on how to help, contact the church at 717-682-1873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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