Beds filling up at Rescue Mission as weather gets colder

The rescue mission in Youngstown, Ohio is preparing for an overflow of clients.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is seeing more people inside its facility as temperatures drop.

Beds were filling up close to capacity Sunday evening. When the beds fill up, there are around 33 extra cots for people to sleep on.

“We reserve the emergency space for those that show up in the middle of the night,” Jim Echement said. “We don’t want anyone sleeping on a porch overnight, or even in their car.”

The Rescue Mission says more people rely on its services in the winter, but the men and women it serves aren’t there just because of cold weather. Most of them are there because of other situations.

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