Help the Homeless during the cold months:
Market Square maintains a clothes closet in the conference room for folks who come to our doors in need of clothes or a warm blanket for the winter. The number one items requested in the winter are blankets, winter coats, and socks. The cold weather is soon to be here!
This year we are in especial need of winter coats, blankets, and men’s and women’s tube socks (white). Please note: if you are able to provide any of these items, we would like them to be new or clean and gently used items. All socks should be new. Please indicate that any items you contribute are for the clothes closet and drop them off in the office or the conference room.
Our ministry with persons who are homeless or between homes has taken many different forms depending on the need and circumstances at a particular time. Several years ago, Market Square was instrumental in building the Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven Winter Emergency Shelter and continues to provide leadership and staffing.
We hosted a successful tent encampment during one recent winter from which all of its residents found permanent housing. Recently, we were the only faith community in Harrisburg to be invited to contribute financially to the construction of “Paxton Place” on the campus of Paxton Ministries that will provide housing units to 37 mostly homeless elders.
Market Square has a “homelessness task force” that keeps apprised of needs and opportunities to alleviate the deleterious effects of homelessness, and volunteers as chaperones at the overnight shelter in winter. On December 1, the Winter Overnight Safe Haven Shelter opened for another season. Its mission is to provide a warm, dry, safe place to sleep for up to 25 men who are homeless during the winter months. Market Square provided overnight volunteers from December 1 through 8, two per night. If you would like more information about the homeless task force, please contact Elder Jim Terry or Elder Dale Laninga.
In addition, Market Square offers a Sunday morning community breakfast, provides vouchers for showers, and connects people with other agencies, such as HELP Ministries at Christian Churches United, who can help with specific needs.