Out of the Cold is a low-barrier shelter that helps individuals at the “intersection of homelessness, mental health, substance use, and incarceration.”
Homelessness can be a difficult topic to talk about.
When people think of State College, the initial thought is geared toward privileged families and students. Individuals who aren’t fortunate enough to gather the same lived experiences or even support don’t normally receive adequate consideration.
In reality, the severity of the homeless population in close surrounding areas is high. With the Out of the Cold shelter, there are endless opportunities to educate yourself and others, volunteer, and support a community for homeless citizens.
Most people that Out of the Cold serves are “at the intersection of homelessness, mental health, substance use, and incarceration.”
“Out of the Cold is a low-barrier shelter, which means that we believe that shelter is a human right regardless of a decision a person has made or what they’re currently making,” board chair Kendra Gettig said. “Typically, people have some type of barrier that makes it difficult for them to secure housing.”
Source: Out Of The Cold Provides Safe Environment For Those In Need