Salvation Army sees higher turnout during cold weather

Published: Jan. 20, 2020 at 4:07 PM EST
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With temperatures in the Mid-Ohio Valley dropping into the teens over Sunday and Monday night, it is important to remember that not everyone in the area has somewhere warm to stay overnight.

The Salvation Army of Parkersburg is used to holding a higher amount of residents that come in needing warmth.

The shelter housed 19 residents over this past weekend, which is quadruple the number that they are used to seeing when it gets cold.

Luckily, for the residents, the Salvation Army is equipped to house a larger number of individuals, as they are able to use more beds in more spaces of the shelter.

"We have cots that we can put down into the dining room, so we will have spaces for individuals to stay," said Salvation Army Major Patrick Richmond. "As of right now we have 32 beds in our men's dorm, 8 beds in our women's dorm, and then 2 family rooms. Those are available throughout the year, but when we do see those numbers go above what we're able to put in beds, we have spots for them."

Residents can stay at the Salvation Army for up to 90 days.