Warming Centers Open in Ulster to Protect Homeless as Winter Takes Hold

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

Catholic Charities Communities Services of Ulster County partners with the community to help change lives

By John-Mark de Palma

As frigid temperatures set into Ulster County over the weekend, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster opened a new warming center in Kingston, New York. Providing a warm place for over two dozen people Sunday night, the Ulster County warming center, operated by Catholic Charities, is located in the 2nds Iglesia Mision church at 80 Elmendorf St.

The center opens whenever the temperature drops below 32 degrees and operates between 7:00 PM to 9:00 AM, but can stay open as long as needed. The facility, part of Ulster County Department of Social Services, has showers, laundry facilities, and separate male and female sleeping areas. 

Catholic Charities, with help from volunteers and the community, contributes to make the warming center a comfortable and safe place for those in need of assistance. Donated towels, cots, toiletries, and clothing make life a little easier for those on the streets. According to the Daily Freeman, dinner and breakfast are provide by Family of Woodstock. The renovation of the church basement was made possible by $25,000 worth of donations from the church’s congregation.

Dominique Wallace-Mills, Ulster County regional supervisor for Catholic Charities told the Daily Freeman, that shelters in larger cities sometimes can be dangerous. "We wanted it to be different, we wanted to do it with dignity and humanity," she said. "It's not a dirty old place. People have a nice room with a clean cot, a clean bathroom, and they can take a shower."

Learn more about the warming center in, Ulster County warming center adapts to its new home in Kingston, by Brian Hubert, Daily Freeman.