HARTS Starting

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

Despite the temperatures dropping into the teens overnight, homeless people have a new place to stay warm in one part of the Valley.

The HARTS organization, which stands for Harrisonburg and Rockingham Thermal Shelter, is starting up. It offers shelter and food for those who need a place to stay for the night.

The organization received hand-made blankets from the Mercy House, and HARTS also provided cots and pillows to give people a place to sleep Monday night.

The program will last throughout the winter, with several churches in Harrisonburg acting as rotating shelters.

"Then people volunteered to provide food, to be available to talk with any folks that need to spend a night here for shelter," said Jeff Butcher, a priest at Otterbein United Methodist Church and the president of HARTS.

Volunteers and paid HARTS employees will monitor the shelter all night long.


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