Report per Projo on January 27 by Donita Naylor, Journal Staff Writer
A total of 85 people spent Monday night at Crossroads on Broad Street in Providence, said case manager Teondra Gomes. Twenty-one slept on the floor in the community room, she said.
Crossroads was fully staffed Monday, said Karen Santilli, the organization’s marketing officer. She said that for emergencies such as Monday night’s blizzard, Crossroads brings on extra security and maintenance staff. Extra food and bottled water were also ordered, she said, to provide breakfast and lunch, which aren’t usually available.
At Harrington Hall, 30 Howard Ave., Cranston, 120 men stayed Monday night, with 100 in beds, said staff member William Winfield. The shelter, which usually provides dinner, also provided breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. He described the atmosphere as “very peaceful, warm and everybody got along just fine.”
Eileen Hayes, president of Amos House and a committee member for the winter emergency shelter program, said Emmanuel House, 239 Public St. in Providence, housed 61 people Monday night; St. Paul’s, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, housed 16 men; and Harvest Community Church, 60 Main St., Woonsocket, housed 30 men.
“All of the shelters are open and staying open until at least Wednesday evening, if not Thursday,” she said.