During this time of the year, I normally go do my "People of the Park
to shed light on issues people in Long Beach are dealing with while others are worried about what to buy for their loved ones. I'm not advocating that you should feel guilty for spending hundreds of dollars while others are sleeping outside. Well, kinda. But that's not the point of this blog. I wanted to inform you about some pretty cool news that has been on my radar lately.
of the Long Beach Rescue Mission recently announced
that north Long Beach will have a winter shelter at the old Atlantic Farms location. Lewis plans to have about 150-180 beds at the new shelter.
The Uptown Gazette
had a good interview with Lewis, "When I came here in September 2006, two weeks later I was hit with the task of putting up a winter shelter,” Lewis said. “We had to find a location. For the last three years, we’ve been in the Sixth District. But now we have a brand new location; our own facility owned by the Rescue Mission Foundation.”
Have any of you volunteered at a shelter before? What do you think about North Long Beach getting this venue for the community and those in need? Is it a waste of space? Are you concerned about the activity going on around there? Are you familiar with Jim Lewis and the Long Beach Rescue Mission?
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