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KEYSTONE MISSION CODE BLUE SHELTER

Code Blue Keystone Mission Shelter is an emergency shelter serving people who are homeless who might otherwise remain unsheltered during periods of extreme winter weather.

 

Code Blue Keystone Mission Shelter Location: Weston Field House 982 Providence Rd; Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508

 

What is Code Blue? Activation Code Blue Keystone Mission will open when Accuweather.com forecasts 20 degrees or below and/or a snowfall of 12” or more or at the discretion of the shelter executive staff.

Shelter Hours Shelter opens for guests at 9 p.m. (with no exception) Shelter closes each morning at 6:00 a.m.

 

Shelter Schedule Opening

  • Greet & Register guests Doors Open at 9 p.m. / preregistration may be done at Keystone Mission M & M.
  • Review Shelter Guest Guidelines with New Guests
  • Shelter Guest Meeting/Safety Presentation
  • Verify that guests and all volunteers sign in or out
  • Lights out at 10:00 p.m.
  • 5:45 a.m. Overnight volunteers wake up guests.
  • Clean up crew does their work.
  • 6:00 a.m. Code Blue is Closed.

 

Volunteer Shift Schedule Times

Set Up/Shower  – 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Overnight shifts available.

Clean Up – 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Volunteer sign-ups are on our website: www.keystonemission.org

 

Guest Guidelines

In order to ensure that everyone has a positive experience, we ask that you follow these guidelines at all times.

The shelter will be open for guests no earlier than 9:00 p.m.  Please do not arrive prior to 9:00 p.m..

No one under 18 admitted.

The shelter is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Clothing – Appropriate attire must be worn at all times.

Drugs/Alcohol – Absolutely no alcohol or illicit/unacceptable drugs are to be consumed or stored on shelter grounds by any guest. If found, items will be confiscated and destroyed.

NO open containers will be allowed in the shelter.

Behavior that threatens the safety of other guests or volunteers may be grounds for immediate dismissal, and you will be asked to leave. Police will be called if necessary.

Harassment – No threats or acts of violence will be tolerated in any way.

Lights Out – Lights out is at 10:00 p.m.

Loitering – There will be no loitering near the building before Code Blue opens.

Personal Storage-You are responsible for your personal items. There will be no storing of personal items at the shelter during the day.

Pets-No pets (other than service animals) are allowed in the building.

Public Areas-Shelter guests must remain in designated areas only.

Smoking is not allowed inside the building (including ecigarettes and vapor devices).

Cots-One guest per cot. Sharing of cots is prohibited.

Stealing – Stealing will not be tolerated. Thefts may become a police matter.

Weapons – No weapons of any kind are allowed on property.

No food or beverages allowed in sleeping areas.

Keystone Mission Code Blue shelter is a zero-tolerance shelter.  Any violation will result in loss of services. 

I understand and agree to follow all rules of this Code Blue Shelter listed and those verbally communicated by volunteers.

 

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Vouchers Available August 23 At Farmers Market Site

The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging distributes Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

A distribution will be held at the Co-Op Farmer’s Market, Stall 17, 900 Barring Avenue, Scranton, PA on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM.  

Farmers Market Vouchers Available For Veterans

The Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office is joining forces with the Area Agency on Aging to distribute farmers market vouchers on Thursday, August 22, from 9 AM – Noon in the VA office on second floor of The Lackawanna County Government Center on a first come, first served basis.

Each eligible veteran can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce.

Individuals must be Lackawanna County residents and be 60 or older by December 31, 2019.  The annual income guidelines are as follows:  $23,107 for a single person, $31,284 for a couple, $39,461 for a three person household, or $47,638 for a four person household.  Proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate must be provided along with proof of Lackawanna County residency in the form of a utility bill or a driver’s license.

Veterans who are unable to come to the office may appoint a proxy to pick-up the vouchers for them.  Proxy forms must be obtained at the Area Agency on Aging and filled-out prior to picking up the vouchers.

Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at (570) 963-6778 or the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 963-6740 with any questions.

Heat Relief For Area Senior Citizens

The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, Lackawanna County, The Moses Taylor Foundation, and the Marketplace at Steamtown, is providing a cooling station at the Marketplace’s second floor Community Room for area residents over the age of 65. The station will be open from 11 AM to 4 PM both Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21.

Additionally, older adults can find similar relief at the Carbondale YMCA this weekend and at the Jewish Community Center in Scranton on Sunday.

All residents are urged to contact the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 963-6740 with any questions or for assistance.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, Human Services Department, and Area Agency on Aging wish to acknowledge and thank the community partners who graciously helped to provide relief to the residents of Lackawanna County in an attempt to “beat the heat” and stay cool.