Submitted by Kathie on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:02pm
The young man, in his early twenties, leaned against the wall exhausted by the effort to stand. He sighed deeply, turned to Bridget Shaheen, Executive Director of Lazarus House and said, "You know I sleep under the bridge. Sometimes it's so cold out, that when I shut my eyes to sleep, I'm never sure if I will wake up in the morning."
With the winter nights of New England dipping into bitterly cold, single-digit temperatures, it can make for very harsh conditions for people who live on the streets or in abandoned buildings. To respond to the need on these frigid nights, an announcement is made at the Good Shepherd Community Center and Soup Kitchen (Center) to spread the word throughout Lawrence, "We will be open tonight to serve anyone who has nowhere else to go."