It’s been a busy month for the Salvation Army in Zanesville.
There’s been a significant increase in the number of people staying at the shelter, including more first-timers and families. The staff say they believe the cold weather and the economy are the main contributing factors.
"It gets to the point where do you make the rent payment, do you make the mortgage payment, or do you keep your gas, electric, and water on? And people are struggling, " says Shelter Manager, Karen Walker.
Walker says it’s hard for people to swallow their pride and know they need to rely on someone else’s help, but the shelter is a major resource in this community that’s open 24-7.
"That’s why we see this as a safe haven. We do everything we can to make people feel wanted and welcome-at ease as much as possible," says Walker.
There are certain times though when the shelter is at full capacity, and they don’t have enough room to fit people. In those situations, Walker says the staff will help make calls to find other housing options for those individuals.