Schenectady church opens laundromat for the homeless

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A church in Schenectady is lending a hand to the homeless by offering a place to do their laundry free of charge.

The Bridge Christian Church has built a laundromat for homeless people to wash their clothes for free.

“You don’t have to be a brainstorming genius to come up with this idea,” Pastor James Bookhout said. “We are just meeting the needs of the people in our community.”

Located in the inner city of Schenectady, The Bridge Church is devoted to people that are homeless or may be on hard times. The washers and dryers were donated by people that share the same passion for helping the less fortunate.

The church provides the rest.

“We are giving back to the community, and the community is seeing it,” Bookhout said. “They are saying we see what you are doing, and we want to be a part of the great big vision.”

Bookhout said someone saw his post on Facebook about the laundromat and asked if the church takes detergent donations.

“I’ve never heard of that before in the church – detergent donations, you know? What’s that?” he said. “That’s creative. But yeah, we take detergent donations because we give it away free.”

Bookhout wants The Bridge Church to be known for outreach as well as helping the community grow by reaching people where they are.

“We are not here saying we want you to come on Sunday morning,” he said. “We are a church family here and want to let people now that we don’t judge them. They can come just as they are, and we’ll accept them and love them and help them live a better lifestyle.”

Bookhout said an appointment must be made to use the laundromat.

The church phone number is (518) 374-4693. The church e-mail is bridgechurchcampus@gmail.com.

You can also visit the church’s website, HERE.

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