A winter refuge for Ithaca’s homeless population

By Nick Reynolds

Jan 11, 2017

On cold nights this winter, there’s been a new bedtime routine for the city’s homeless.

They start coming in from the cold starting around 10 p.m. each night, signing in at the Rescue Mission for their spot. By 11 p.m., they pile into a van with two members of the Rescue Mission staff and they’re off, six or seven people bound for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the confines of a wide open basement space, their bedding a couple woven blankets and a number of gymnastics mats to sleep on.

In years past, those seeking respite from the cold would simply have stayed at the mission or, in extreme circumstances, gone to sleep at a local motel. But over the past year, the equation has changed in a major way for the Rescue Mission and the rules it plays by have only complicated the matter.

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