The Code Blue Shelter is an emergency shelter that serves people who are homeless and who might otherwise remain unsheltered during periods of extreme winter weather throughout Luzerne County. A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecast temperature, including wind chills, is expected to reach 20 degrees or lower, or a foot or more of snow, according to AccuWeather.
If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued. On a day the shelter is open, community members will be able to enter at 9 P.M. and the shelter will remain open until 7 A.M. the next morning. The shelter is providing a place of warmth where guests will receive rest for the night and protection from the weather conditions.
The shelter is located at Keystone Mission’s Transformation Center, 290 Parkview Circle, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
The staff of Keystone Mission is dedicated to continually seeking opportunities to support the community of Scranton during these cold winter months. Keystone Mission is committed to being a catalyst for the community to provide help and hope to the homeless, hungry, and hurting people of Northeast PA.
If you would like to volunteer at the Code Blue Shelter, you can contact the Volunteer Office at 570.871.4795 ext. 407 or Volunteer@KeystoneMission.org. Volunteers from the shelter will be available to provide safety to all who stay.
In the Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, a blue light is lit up when a "Code Blue" alert is issued. The alert is issued when the forecast temperature, including wind chills, is expected to reach 20 degrees or lower, or a foot or more of snow.