A local organization wants to make sure no one is left out in the cold.
The frigid temperatures of January and February can take a toll on heating bills. If you cannot afford to pay your bill, the Salvation Army has a shelter that can keep families out of the cold. If you need to stay in the shelter there are certain items you must bring with you.
"Well for somebody to enter the shelter they need to have ID whether it is a state ID or a driver's license, it needs to be current and also a social security card or a print out of a social security card. That is just so we can create a safe environment for anybody that comes into our shelter and for identification purposes," says Karen Walker, Case and Shelter Manager at the Salvation Army.
Any residents of Muskingum, Morgan and Perry Counties can stay in the shelter for up to 90 days. Residents outside those counties can stay overnight and staff at the shelter will help them find a place to go. The shelter has separate men and women's dormitories and two family rooms. Beginning at the first of the year, the Salvation Army is offering a homeless prevention rapid housing program. That program works closely with the gas, electric and power company to assist with bills.
"What they need to do is call and ask for a phone interview and we will do an over phone interview and if they qualify under the income levels then we set up a face to face interview," says Walker.
The Salvation Army is also serving free meals Monday-Friday at 4:30 p.m.