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At men's shelter, "respect and decency"

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 10, 2014 10:09 AM
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While most Pennsylvanians braced for a cold snap earlier this week by stocking up on groceries and hunkering down inside with the heat on, overnight shelters were making sure they had space to accommodate the area's homeless population.

From December 1 to March 31, a group called Christian Churches United operates an emergency overnight men's shelter northeast of the Capitol building. Advocates say single homeless men in the region typically have to look harder for services than women and families.
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Dale Lanigan, right, talks with volunteers Elizabeth Marx, center, and Kathlene Russell, far left.

"Everyone deserves the same respect and decency. We're all human beings. I get frustrated when I hear people talking about folks as if you know, they're sort of responsible for themselves, so they caused this. Some of them may have, but I'm less interested in the cause than the fact that if the person's got a need, I think we, as a society, should be providing some assistance."

-- Dale Lanigan, volunteer coordinator at the Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven emergency overnight shelter, staffed by Christian Churches United in Harrisburg.

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