The city of Frederick has provided restrooms at both the Frederick Rescue Mission and the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs to help those facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each site got two public toilets and a hand-washing station through the mayor’s contingency fund, city spokeswoman Ashley Waters said in an email Monday.

The facilities were installed at both locations over the weekend.

The Rescue Mission closed its day shelter when the state of emergency went into effect, said Arnold Farlow, the Mission’s executive director.

The facilities have been useful as they continue to serve breakfast and lunch to about 300 people a day, he said.

“They’re making a big difference,” he said.

The Rescue Mission has served about 115 breakfasts and 200 lunches a day, and provided about 115 families a day with groceries, he said.

The Religious Coalition could not be reached for comment Monday. But the organization’s website said that while its adult shelter and family shelter are both still open, its client service office will be closed until the state of emergency is lifted.

The facilities will remain in place until each location’s normal resources are available and able to meet their needs, Waters said.

There are no plans to add facilities at any other sites.

“However, we are continuing to collaborate and partner with the human service providers in Frederick to ensure our vulnerable populations are getting the resources they need,” she said.

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As I recall, the City actually owns the Transit Center. Of course the City can also be a crappy (no pun intended) absentee landlord.


The City does not own the bus station


The city does indeed own the bus station.


There are quite a few residents that use the public restrooms at the downtown transit center when riding the Marc train, commuter buses and local TransiT buses. The transit center is now closed for a major portion of the day. Not only are those people using public transportation to get to essential business unable to access those restrooms, but the bus drivers have no where "to go" as well. It would seem as though the city could make some kind of equal adjustment to accommodate their needs as well....oh wait...they are county employees... even though they transport an amazing amount of city residents doing the city quite a service. I suppose if they were city employees this would have been taken care of pronto.

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