York Rescue Mission gearing up for cold weather

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The beds are expected to be full at the York Rescue Mission this weekend because of the drop in temperatures. The shelter expects to be full capacity, but no one will ever be turned away.

“We assure that nobody goes without a place to stay,” executive director Matthew Carey said.

They will find a place for anybody who needs one. If the bunks are full, they will take extra mats and cots so people can stay in the chapel area. It’s enough room for an additional 100 people.

The volunteers at the Mission said the warmth brings hope.

“I don’t know where I would be, couldn’t tell you where, because I don’t have any family,” volunteer Roy Stegall said.

The Rescue Mission’s purpose is to serve others.

“That’s how we get it done. It’s a team effort,” Carey said.

The numbers at the shelter have gone up. Members said one reason why is seasonal employment, now that the holidays are over.

“We always want to be able to have somebody know that they have a safe place to come and that we are here to serve them,” Carey said.

They will never leave anybody behind. Which is why the volunteers are thankful to be there now and 365 days a year.

“I do believe that helping other people in a way helps yourself,” Stegall said.

The shelter is always in need of warm clothing and hygiene products. You can drop them off at the mission, at 367 W. Market Street in York.

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