Southwest Missouri Nonprofit Reports High Use Of Shelter

5 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 27 2012 Dec 27, 2012 Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:33:50 AM CST December 27, 2012 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The Salvation Army in Springfield says an alarming number of people have been using its cold-weather shelter this month.

The nonprofit group opens the shelter whenever the National Weather Service predicts an overnight wind chill of 14 degrees or below.

KOLR-TV reports the shelter first opened this year on Dec. 10 and had about 40 people that night. Salvation Army Maj. Norman Grainger says that 44 people showed up Christmas night, and the shelter was open again Wednesday.

Some at the shelter are repeat visitors. But Grainger says the Springfield facility has already had 78 "unduplicated" visitors month, compared with 95 in all of last winter. He calls this month's figure a "frightening" number.

 

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