SCRANTON — With winter officially upon Lackawanna County, the commissioners lauded the “Good Works” of the Bethel AME Church Emergency Shelter at 716 N. Washington Ave. The facility is open, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week and provides meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Guests are able to take a shower, eat and get a night’s rest. The shelter, which operates via donations of food, clothing, bedding and hygiene products, is staffed by church and community volunteers and has a capacity of 24 people. During the extreme cold, the shelter will house as many people as possible who are seeking refuge from the elements.