Bethlehem Emergency Shelter encourages respect, dignity in the midst of pandemic fear

Written by on April 29, 2021

Bethlehem Emergency Shelter encourages respect, dignity in the midst of pandemic fear

By Holly Santero / Lehigh University

April 29, 2021

“Homeless Shelter” by Phil Roeder is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Lehigh Valley homeless shelters have seen fewer visitors since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shelters including the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter have begun testing every person in its facility for COVID prior to entry. Since then, it has started to see the number of visitors rise. 

House manager Casey Tillespie of Bethlehem Emergency Shelter says that one of her biggest concerns has been providing care for those who are fearful of staying in a shelter during the pandemic. 

“I would say just praying for low anxieties. They’re doing really well. I push a lot to treat each other with dignity and respect because they’re scared,” Tillespie says.  

The facility will continue to space out meals and prohibit free range of the facilities in order to ensure social distancing and keep visitors safe. 

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & CommunicationView all student stories.

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