Westmoreland County emergency cold weather shelters re-open for fourth season on November 1

Westmoreland County cold weather shelters will begin operation for the 2018-19 season on Thursday, November 1, offering emergency lodging to residents who are homeless or without heat on cold winter nights.

The shelters will operate out of the Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg and the Union Mission in Latrobe. They will open from 8 pm – 8 am on nights when the temperature is 25 degrees or colder. The shelters will remain in service through March 31, 2019.

“The shelters are addressing a critical need in our region,” said United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s community impact director Jesse Sprajcar. “They provide shelter, warmth and support to the people in our community that may be having difficulty heating their homes or are without housing during the extremely cold weather often experienced in your typical Western Pennsylvania winter.”

Now in its fourth season, the shelters provided 125 nights of lodging to 30 individuals and families in 2017-18. The shelters also provide guests with free food and service referrals, depending on their circumstances.

The shelters are coordinated in partnership with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and are funded by United Way’s emergency needs budget and private donations.

To check if the shelters will open on a given evening, individuals can call 2-1-1, the Westmoreland County Crisis Line at 800-836-6010, the Welcome Home Shelter at 724-838-9133 or the Union Mission at 724-539-3550.

To support the shelters, community members can donate at www.unitedway4u.org.