BANGOR — The Mansion Church is working to help those experiencing homelessness.
“We feed them a hot meal. They can take a shower here. We have clothes here,” Pastor Terry Dinkins said.
Dinkins said the church began taking people in to warm up when the COVID-19 pandemic began, and they have continued since.
“It’s like a 14 average, and that may double as the winter gets colder because people come in. We take all,” said Amilio Samaroo, shelter coordinator at The Mansion Church.
Samaroo said they do security checks on each person who comes.
“No drugs. No guns. No ammunition. No knives. No anything, no needles. We take the needles from them,” Samaroo said.
People are welcome to spend the night from 6 p.m. through 7 a.m. the next morning.
“We sanitize every day to make sure that this COVID don’t take us, and I get foodstuff together, clothing together. I always try to have socks and hats ready to go,” Samaroo said.
Dinkins said The Mansion Church believes in compassion.
“The Book of Matthew tells us we should feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, take in the stranger and also visit those who are in prison,” Dinkins said.
Dinkins is asking other churches to open their doors to the homeless too.
“Have them come in and stay warm for a little while maybe or feed them or if that’s something they can’t do, maybe they could help us out in some way,” Dinkins said.
The church is always accepting donations.
“Currently, we need winter boots, backpacks. We could always use donations as far as food. If someone wants to bring a hot meal in, they can just contact me and bring a hot meal and feed the homeless right here, or they can bring a hot meal and we can take it out to the streets for them,” Dinkins said.