Greater Valley YMCA wins a state grant to support its warming station

Written by on July 27, 2021

Greater Valley YMCA wins a state grant to support its warming station

By Genesis Ortega
July 27, 2021

Items are scattered around a homeless encampment in downtown Washington, on Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a plan to distribute nearly $1.5 million to fight homelessness. 

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The Greater Valley YMCA is one of 10 organizations to receive the money to help support the operation of its warming station. 

“It takes the whole community to get this done, so this grant is just one more piece of that puzzle that helps the funding for the homeless warming station,” said Dave Fagerstrom, YMCA president and chief executive officer.

Fagerstrom says the $53,000 grant will go toward several operating expenses. 

“It costs around $150,000 a year to run that center the right way and it takes a lot of help from a lot of different entities and people to get us there,” Fagerstrom said. 

“Some of that money was for cameras in the center that need to be put in, and some of it is for food, and other is just for staff salary so it just helps us accomplish the program,” he added.

The YMCA’s warming station is open during the winter and provides more than 600 beds to the homeless each month.

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