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The bitterly cold temperatures are making it hard for the homeless but a local emergency shelter is offering a warm place to stay.
The Salvation Army shelter offers individuals living in Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan County with a 90 day stay. If you are a resident outside of those three counties, the shelter offers a one night stay. Shelter manager, Karen Walker, says recently the increase in occupancy has been significant.
"I think a lot of it has to do with the economy today, and individuals that are normally not in need are now in need. We are seeing a lot of people that are facing hard times right now that cause them to come to the shelter," said Walker.
People living in the shelter receive three meals a day along with a snack. Other services include clothing, job connections, and networking. Walker says the shelter is all about giving people a second chance; and this holiday season is no exception.
"We will make sure everybody gets a gift. Truly right now what is going on is concentrating on getting jobs and getting money coming in for our clients and overcoming obstacles that they may be facing; trying to get them into housing. That would be the perfect Christmas gift; getting into housing," said Walker.
To get into the shelter, you must bring ID along with your social security card. Walker says it is always best to call first and make sure there is an available space open.