The program will provide three loads of free wash and dry to all customers with quarters, soap, and dryer sheets provided.
In this editorial, Michigan Advance’s Julie Cassidy argues, “Homelessness isn’t a natural phenomenon; it’s a policy choice. And that means we can choose to end it.”
Previously operating out of Keystone Place in Centreville, the St. Joseph County HARA will be located in Neighborhood Inc.’s Satellite Office in the Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County Office building, located at 240 W. Main St. in Centreville.
The potential of establishing an extreme weather center for the unhoused of Sturgis was further explored at Wednesday evening’s Sturgis City Commission meeting. Kristi Boughton of the St. Joe Community Co-Op said it could be months before an ordinance is passed that allows her to open the center.
On Tuesday, January 10, over 40 individuals from Sturgis and surrounding communities gathered at the St Joseph Community Co-Op to address plans for an Emergency Weather Shelter.
For most of the population in St. Joseph County a dry and warm home is the solution to combating inclement weather. However, a large number of unhoused people in this community are being left out in the cold. The City of Sturgis is working on its own solution, potentially creating a blueprint the City of Three Rivers could also implement.