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Remediation Work Underway At UCAN City Mission

The lights at the United Christian Advocacy Network’s City Mission have flickered back on — sort of.

The men’s mission located at 7 W. First St. shuttered more than a month ago amid the discovery of asbestos during a planned central heating system replacement project. During this time, UCAN’s executive director also resigned from his position.

For the safety of UCAN guests, the decision was made to rehouse several homeless men to local hotels, with the remainder moved to Joy Fellowship Free Methodist Church in Jamestown.

In the meantime, work has been taking place at the mission.

“The basement and first floors of UCAN are asbestos-free and do not have to be remediated. The second and third floors do have to be remediated, and remediation is scheduled to begin this week,” said Sharon Hamilton, chair of the UCAN’s board of directors. “While some staff may need to access the building for supplies, documents and phone checks, currently, the building remains closed except for those who are doing work on the remediation.”

For those in need, the Chautauqua County Homeless Coalition reported the following locations as official warming centers open to the public: The Ahira Hall Memorial Library, Alexander Free Library Ashville Free Library Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., Department of Mental Hygiene and Social Services, Ellington-Farman Free Library, Hazeltine Public Library, James Prendergast Library Association, Joy Fellowship Free Methodist Church, Lakewood Memorial Library, Myers Memorial Library and the Sinclairville Free Library.

“We are acutely aware of the incredible needs our community is facing and encourage anyone who has the heart or capacity to aid in efforts to donate your time, money, food, hats and gloves, socks, and blankets to one of the many local organizations working to provide assistance to our homeless and vulnerable individuals and families,” said Crystal Surdyk, city development director.

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