Governor Baker restored $200,000 of state funding utilized to keep shelter operational.
Facing state budget cuts, Craig’s Place may be forced to close before the end of the winter.
To the Editor, Craig’s Place Emergency Shelter sits right on the edge of the University of Massachusetts campus, in the basement of the First Baptist Church. Standing on the front steps of the church, you can see the Southwest Residential Area towers against the horizon, and the Fine Arts Center and W.E.B. Du Bois Library poking through the trees to your right. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the church is filled with Bible study classes, youth groups and community meetings. At 9 p.m., the basement of the church transforms into a homeless shelter. The kitchen staff cooks dinner, while…
For the past 24 years, the Amherst Friends for the Homeless has run Shelter Sunday, an annual one-day event that raises money for area homeless shelters and food pantries.
Amherst decided to permit the expansion of Craig’s Doors, a seasonal homeless shelter located in the basement of First Baptist Church.