Local shelters open doors, prepare for falling temps

Mission Winter

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) — Both the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley and the Warren Family Mission are expecting a lot of people as temperatures drop this week, and they both indicated they will not turn anyone away.

The Warren Family Mission on West Market Street has an overflow room ready. On Sunday, they were getting extra cots ready for the coming cold weather.

“A lot of our homeless around here are in abandoned homes and down by the river they’re in tents, so they’re getting ready for when the weather begins to change. They’re going to start coming our way,” said Pastor Chris Gilger of the Warren Family Mission.

The mission works with police, hospitals and libraries to make sure people have somewhere warm to sleep.

“We have the Elm Road building over there, we have a big gym over there and two classrooms we can over fill into so we’re able to take an unlimited number, but we could use some more cots,” said Gilger.

In Youngstown, the Rescue Mission is almost at capacity, which is 165. However, they still find ways to get people inside.

“Last year we had well above 165 where we had to house folks on pews in our chapel. We’ve ordered cots you know to help get that over flow,” said John Muckridge of the Rescue Mission.

The director of client services said the mission has seen increases in the last three years, but can’t pin point particular reasons.

“About three years ago, I think our numbers were around 80, two years ago average went up to about 95. A year ago it jumped and our average is about 125,” said Muckridge.

Back in Warren, the Family Mission already received many calls about beds, and it won’t be too long before it’s completley filled.

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