The weather is just starting to show signs of winter, with overnight lows below freezing and even some snow flurries, and the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter is already starting to fill up with people who need a warm place to go.
"Our men’s dorm is pretty much full. I think we have one empty bed right bow. Both of our family rooms are full, and then our women’s dorm, we’re looking at probably about 8 beds at this point and time that are available, " says Shelter Manager, Karen Walker.
The homeless shelter serves Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan counties and can hold up to 40 individuals, if cots are added to some of the rooms and hallways.
Walker says it’s important to have because it’s the only local homeless shelter in the area.
"We really don’t know when we may be in that position, that we are homeless. There has to be a safe place for individuals to go, a safe haven, you know, even if it’s just for a night or two…or up to the maximum amount of time, " says Walker.
In order to stay more than one night, proof of ID is needed. Walker says she expects an even bigger influx of people to come into the homeless shelter over the next few weeks.