Meeting to explore need for drop-in centerPublished 10:37am Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Whether the Ironton community could use a drop-in center is the focus of an upcoming meeting at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library hosted by the congregation of Christ Episcopal Church.
“During the daytime, an awful lot of people don’t have anywhere to go,” the Rev. Sallie Schisler, of Christ Church, said. “When it is hot they don’t have any place to cool down or when it’s cold, go to get warm. They spend time in a restaurant or go to the public library.”
This is especially true for those who are homeless and must spend the night at a shelter.
“You have to leave in the morning,” Schisler said. “They are really overnight shelters and that is a blessing for the community. But people need a place to go during the daytime.”
Schisler is hoping members of the community, whether with a church or agency that provides services or individuals who see a need for the center, will come to the library meeting to investigate the need and how to develop a center.
“For me it is a perceived need based on my limited experience,” Schisler said. “This would confirm if there is a real need. This grew out of the fact that when I am at church during the daytime, people will stop by. Some are looking for money and often they just don’t have any place to go.”
The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the second floor meeting room at the Ironton branch. For more information contact Schisler at 740-285-4090.