June 20, 2019 | 74° F

New Brunswick provides warmth for homeless

Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen has extended its hours in New Brunswick to provide shelter for homeless people.

“We have what’s called Code Blue, and the soup kitchen is open overnight as a warming center,” said Lisanne Finston, executive director.

The shelter began its extended hours last night, running from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and will continue that schedule until Friday, Finston said, and possibly Saturday, depending on the weather.

She said the city would provide transportation to homeless people that require it.

“They can contact the New Brunswick police, and emergency responders are available to provide transportation,” she said.

Finston said the nonprofit organization works with the city, other homeless providers and the county to provide the shelter.

“If the weather dips below 20 degrees or if there is snow 6 inches or more, we open as an overflow of the homeless shelter,” Finston said.

Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen is a point of contact for many homeless individuals who need services and assistance to get off the streets, she said. The shelter is located at 18 Nielson St.

Julian Chokkattu

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