In its first month after reopening, the Samaritan House Ministries newly renovated Safe & Warm shelter has provided shelter for more than 60 people.
Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, 67 people between the age of 19 and 65 used the shelter — 40 of which identified as men and 27 of which identified as women, according to Samaritan House Ministries.
Based on the number of stays, the shelter is expecting another busy season in the range of approximately 1,500 stays until the end of March, 2020.
Last winter, the Samaritan House shelter received triple the amount of nightly stays compared to the previous season.
Throughout that fifth-month period, a total of 160 people stayed 1,774 nights, which represents a dramatic spike from the 2017-18 season, when 150 people stayed a total of 600 nights.
The main need for the shelter at the moment is unrestricted financial donations, which will be used toward utility costs and other shelter-related operational expenses.
For more information on Samaritan House Ministries, visit their website: samaritanhouse.net.
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