SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Homeless shelters fill up on chilly nights like tonight, and one of the area’s biggest has had to do some shuffling to accommodate need while dealing with damage from the explosion.
The explosion that leveled the building that housed Score gentleman’s club caused heavy damage to 501 Worthington Street, which houses the Friends of the Homeless overflow shelter on the first floor.
Because of that damage, starting Wednesday night, Friends of the Homeless is adding twenty additional cots at their resource center at 755 Worthington Street to accommodate the large numbers of men seeking shelter.
“It will be a logistical challenge because that space is used for meetings and group sessions many evenings. However, with the patience of our guests, the hard work of our staff and the support of the community, FOH will continue to keep people out of the cold and off the streets of Springfield this winter,” says Kathy Tobin, Development Director for Friends of the Homeless.
The shelter notes that their beds are full every night of the year, but since July, they have been offering some floor space for about twenty men a night.
The explosion also damaged the Springfield Rescue Mission’s Taylor Street winter shelter, forcing some men to head to Worthington Street for the night.
Tobin adds that it will be several months before the shelter can begin using 501 Worthington Street again.