Volunteers at the Winter Freeze Shelter in Wheeling were recognized recently at a soup and salad social for the care they give.
The event honored those individuals, businesses, community groups and churches who make the Winter Freeze Shelter located at the Youth Services System building in East Wheeling possible. There was soup, salad, dessert and speakers to thank the volunteers. The event was hosted by West Virginia Northern Community College in the Education Building multi-purpose room.
YSS has made their central office available for the Winter Freeze Shelter. Since 2009, the shelter has given homeless adults a warm place to stay, a warm meal, and fellowship from Dec. 15 to March 15 each winter. This warming shelter offers a bed and safety at a time when other resources for the homeless are full. YSS sees this volunteer project as a gift back to the community which has been supportive of their youth programs for the past 40 years.
Dr. William Mercer speaks to Freeze Shelter volunteers during an appreciation social held at West Virginia Northern Community College.
"There was a need, and we were able to supply the vessel to meet it," said John Moses, executive director of YSS. "We knew that people would help, if there was a way for them to do so."
This year, a total of 115 different people, including 21 women stayed one or more nights. The basic aim is to offer the shelter guests a place to stay that is off the streets and safe. About 300 individuals, business, community groups, and churches and religious groups have been involved in this effort in 2013-14, Moses said.