Warm Thanks for Volunteers at YSS Winter Freeze Shelter in Wheeling

Photo by Scott McCloskey Youth Services System Inc. held a soup social at River City Restaurant Tuesday evening for volunteers and donors who helped make the eighth Winter Freeze Shelter season successful. Pictured from left are: the Rev. Joel Richter of Evangelical Lutheran Church, YSS Executive Director John Moses, and the Rev. Jake Steele of Christ United Methodist Church.

As a way to thank the many individuals, churches, businesses and groups who have helped make the eighth Winter Freeze Shelter season successful, Youth Services System Inc. held a soup social at River City Restaurant Tuesday evening for volunteers and donors of the annual program.

Since 2009, YSS has opened the doors of their central office, located at 87 15th St., to homeless adults through the winter. Shelter guests receive hospitality made possible by volunteers and many community organizations. During the past seven seasons, about 1,000 people have spent one or more nights at the shelter. The overnight warming shelter offers fellowship, food, and a clean bed to their guests.

The Soup Social was a way for YSS to thank those who helped feed, clothe, and support those staying at the Winter Freeze Shelter. Youth Services officials point out that without the help of the generous local community this ministry would not be possible.

Those in attendance listened to several local speakers talk about the value the community brings to the shelter and how the shelter helps their guests. The Rev. Joel Richter of Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Rev. Jake Steele of Christ United Methodist Church shared their experiences in working with local homeless efforts.

“Through this ministry, we have met many people, churches and businesses who make the Winter Freeze Shelter a success. Thanking them is important to me,” YSS Executive Director John Moses said.

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