A commuter contacted Patch to share his concern about people sleeping on benches at the Summit station.
A local commuter who uses the Summit train station emailed Patch to share a complaint about people sleeping on the waiting area benches in the morning. I have taken this [complaint] to New Jersey Transit and the NJ Transit Police. Sometimes the notice is ignored, sometimes they call the Summit police, and they sometimes walk through the station, but never ask anyone to leave or get up. Once, they did ask to see everyones' train ticket, but did not ask those without one to leave. The situation gets much worse when the weather gets colder. More and more people camp out in the station overnight. Today, there were 7 people sleeping on the benches in the station and there were no available seats for me, at 4:50am this morning. And I pay $284 …
Bridges is holding a mens coat and boot drive for the homeless.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Rayna Lewis
Monday, November 30, 2009
The homeless in three major cities can look forward to a warmer winter this year. Bridges Outreach Inc., a volunteer organization dedicated to helping out its underprivileged friends, is hosting a holiday drive for men’s clothing and boots. Shelters such as the Newark YMCA and emergency housing organizations such as the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement supply the need: the less-fortunate and homeless. Bridges provides the necessities: weekly bagged lunches and breakfasts, clothing, toiletries and blankets, said Director Lois Bhatt. “This year we said we don’t get a lot of things for young adult men,” said Mabel Elmore, director of Emergency Residence and the Youth Emergency Program at the Newark YMCA. “I mentioned it in passing to (…