Rev. Mark Erson’s congregation launches weekly LGBT homeless youth drop-in night

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Rev. Mark Erson outside his congregation. Photo by DNAinfo/Andrea Swalec

Proclaim member Rev. Mark Erson of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan is launching a weekly LGBT-friendly drop-in night for homeless youth. Up to 50 youth are expected to attend the drop in which will include meals and activities. St. John’s is looking to help the LGBT youth they often see walking outside their doors.  Pastor Mark said the volunteer-staffed, grant-funded drop-in night for those roughly aged 15 to 25 will give visitors a hot meal and a place to relax, and may even grow to include theater and arts programs.

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