Rockland County opens warming center

<p>The county&rsquo;s health center complex in Pomona holds 75 beds and will be open every night through the end of April.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 1, 2018, 4:45 PM

Updated 2,090 days ago

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Rockland County opened its warming center Thursday after it found a new charity to run it.
The center is located at the health complex in Pomona. Catholic Charities in Haverstraw is now in charge of operating it.
The nonprofit was tapped to run the center after the head of its previous operator, Helping Hands for the Homeless, wound up in jail. The former director, Ya'el Williams, was sentenced to jail after admitting to attempting to use $500 worth of counterfeit bills.
A total of 75 beds will be available every night at the center through the end of April.
This is the second year the center is open to both men and women.
It offers free meals, showers and laundry facilities to people in need during the cold weather months.
It will also have other services, including resume building, how to dress appropriately for work and helping people interview.
Free transportation will be provided from Nyack, Haverstraw and Spring Valley.
The center will also be open during the day when temperatures dip below 32 degrees.
Officials are expecting up to 50 people a night. The nonprofit says it is confident it can help others get off the street and back on their feet.


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