Camden Homeless Shelter Extends Services in Cold Weather

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

With the temperatures dropping, officials who work with shelters in Camden continue to find ways to help the homeless combat the cold. Some people have places to go and others do not. 

Braving the cold temps is an ongoing battle the homeless have to face on a daily basis.

“I’m wearing like three or four layers of clothes," says a homeless woman from Camden. "I don’t know how to describe it. I’ve never been in this bad [of a] situation, [and] I’ve been sleeping in the elements. It’s not good.” 

However, officials with the Covenant House of New Jersey in Camden keep their doors extended for a particular group that could be a little more vulnerable on the streets.

Kenneth Greer, service manager of the Covenant House, says his shelter welcomes homeless individuals between the ages of 18 and 21.

“You know when the weather drops, a lot of people [have] their backs ... against the wall [and] they really don’t know where to go," says Greer. "Usually they go to their families homes ... but sometimes their presence wears thin and they come to services like us.” 

In-house training programs at the Covenant House include healthcare, educational support, preparation, and job readiness.

Shelter officials also provide an outreach staff on wheels that offers food, clothing, counseling services, and referrals.

They are working to find those in need shelter from the cold.

“What we do is we have our shelter that’s in Atlantic City [and] North Jersey as well," says Greer. "What we do is help with transportation and we help find housing for them. If we don’t have any opening spots within our Covenant House in Atlantic City or in Newark, we try to advocate for different programs around the area." 

To learn more, visit nj.covenanthouse.org.

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