Keeping People Warm This Winter

by Kelly Choate on January 4, 2012 at 5:12 am

A warm home is something many of us take for granted.

Every winter the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Zanesville is packed with people trying to escape from the cold weather.  Case Manager Karen Walker said the shelter has 35 beds for men, women and families seeking a temporary place to live.  She said the ultimate goal is to help people get back on track, and the shelter has a high success rate of placing people in permanent homes and jobs.

"The Salvation Army joins together with other agencies here in Muskingum County as well as Perry and Morgan Counties, and we work jointly to try to get individuals back on their feet and back into housing and employment," said Walker.

Occupants must meet certain qualifications including possessing valid identification and passing a warrant check, sexual predator check and drug test.  Walker said the unstable economy is leaving a lot of people on the streets who have never been homeless before.

"It is a safe haven for those who are homeless for whatever reason," said Walker.  "The truth of the matter is that all of us are just maybe one step away from being homeless, and the old myth that it’s just alcoholics, drug addicts or people who don’t care, that’s just not the truth."

Walker said 15 beds are still open, and if you know anyone who needs help, a Salvation Army employee can provide assistance at the Putnam Avenue location.