Community Shelter Services "over flow shelter" is moving to another church. St. James AME Church at 236 East 11th street, is the latest congregation opening its doors to give homeless people in the Erie area a warm place to sleep overnight. Early Wednesday, volunteers moved the cots and other supplies into the church's basement. St. James AME is the 5th area church to take a turn hosting. Pastor Kary Williams said, "It's such an opportunity to do the work of the Lord, to minister so how could we not volunteer?"
Community Shelter Services volunteer chaplain, Bob Schell says he now has a list of 200 volunteers willing to help with the program. "I'm very pleased with the response that I am getting from volunteers and other churches that have opened their doors, they've stayed on even as we've moved to another church."
People who come in out of the cold will get food and a place to sleep between the hours of 7:30 PM and 7:00 AM at St. James AME church for at least the next week. Officials say they hope to keep the program going even into the month of March.