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United Methodist Church Remains Open as Shelter

Church offers hot showers, meals, laundry services and a place to sleep

On Monday night, when Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, over 30 people were sheltered in Lacey at the United Methodist Church on Lacey Road, said Sandy Stenstrom, a shelter volunteer.

"People have been stopping in all week to charge phones, grab breakfast or lunch," she said. "We got a nice sense of community on Monday night."

Eric DeLaCruz, another shelter volunteer, said that the shelter will be open as long as the community needs. 

"We have hot showers, hot meals, and laundry services for anyone who needs," he said. "If you are home without power, we are here to help."

DeLaCruz said the shelter is accepting donations to help those in need and have already recieved calls.

"A woman called earlier today and asked what we needed," he said. "She went shopping at Kohls and then dropped off fresh new towels to us."

Stenstrom said the shelter will remain open as long as the community needs, to offer power and showers to residents. 

The church does ask that if you plan to spend the night, to please bring your own bedding as they have very few blankets and pillows.

For more information, call -609-693-8522 or 609-693-5222.

Florence Fleidner November 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
They are the most compassionate people that we have ever met. Their kindness was overwhelming to me & my family. We stayed there on Monday night because of the water coming up to our house at 8 P. M.. so rapidly. We will never forget PASTOR LINDA, she is a remarkable person, "TOP NOTCH." Thank you SANDY for all your kindness!!!!! GRATEFULLY, FLORENCE, BILL & TRACEY FLEIDNER, LANOKA HARBOR
Joann M November 02, 2012 at 12:08 PM
LUMC is putting together Community Response Teams to help with clean-up activities for those affected by the storm. We are especially in need of 5-gallon buckets, plastic storage bins, rubber gloves, bleach, work gloves, contractor grade garbage bags, bottled water, and more volunteers!!! Please contact the LUMC office at 609.693.5222 or laceyumc@verizon.net for more information on ways to help!!!
JOHNNY Done it November 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Thanks to them & The people helping ...since the biggest school dont have a generator & the residents had to get shipped out of town Maybe Lacey OEM needs to get funding for a generator for the school.. or have a better plan or start replacing OEM brass
suezy U November 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I think Saint Pius church should be a shame of them self that it took until this past sunday to open there doors to the people in need, Pastor Linda open her door the first night. The church says love they neighbor they drop the ball on that one. It can't be that couldn't help out they let people stay when we had that firer a few years ago.
lacey voter November 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
St. Pius was waiting until the FEMA check cleared

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