Liberty, NY – Sullivan County has now opened its Monticello warming shelter and will keep it open every night of the winter season from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The shelter is located at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson Street, across from the Government Center.
This is the second of two warming centers available in Sullivan County, the other located at the Liberty United Methodist Church, 170 North Main Street, Liberty. Hours of operation are the same.
“These sites are available to anyone who needs warmth, shelter and a bed during the winter months,” said Sullivan County Health & Human Services Commissioner John Liddle. “We deeply appreciate the willingness and cooperation of our partners – the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless and the New Beginnings Community Worship Center – in staffing the shelters and extending a caring, helping hand to our community.”
During the daytime hours, various public buildings (like the Government Center in Monticello), stores and libraries are available as places to get warm, and Sullivan County’s Department of Social Services can assist in more challenging circumstances (845-292-0100).
In addition, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) – which can provide funds for fuel and heating system repair/replacement – is currently taking applications. For more information, call 845-807-0142.
For a warm meal, from 12-1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except holidays), the Federation for the Homeless at 9 Monticello Street in Monticello offers takeout food, and afterhours emergency food requests can be made to the Federation at 845-798-8774. The Federation’s pantry is open to all (no documentation required) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, as well.