Extra Volunteers Help Area Shelters Weather the Storm
COLUMBIA - Homeless shelters around mid-Missouri rely on volunteers to keep their doors open during the recent rounds of winter storms.
Shannon Stewart, the manager of The Room at the Inn shelter in Columbia said voluteers came in early before the storm hit hard.
Volunteer Lia Willis made homemade soup for the group at the shelter Tuesday night. Willis has been volunteering at Room at the Inn since early January and said she has enjoyed lending a helping hand.
"It's been great," Willis said. "The people we volunteer with are great. It's just good to have people treat them like human beings, and you know, have a place for them to stay where people care about them."
Stewart said the shelter has been very busy the past couple of days filling all 30 of its beds.
"We've had more people wanting to get in, and we've been pretty lucky, we haven't had to turn anyone into the street yet," Willis said. "But yes we are full, very full,"
Center of Hope Shelter in Jefferson City told KOMU 8 News it is running "business as usual" tonight with 26 out of about 50 spaces full.