Valley Shelters

By: Emily Brown Email
By: Emily Brown Email

With evening temperatures expected to be in the teens this week, many will be looking for a warm place to stay.

Local shelters, and in particular the Salvation Army, say they are ready for the winter weather to bring more people to their shelter.

The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg can hold up to 72 people, but according to Christal Yowell, the director of development, they only had about 27 people Sunday night.

In any way that you look at it, that's good news for them. Not only did many people just move out after getting back on their feet, but now, they can offer beds to about 40 people.

But some people may not know how to get in contact with the Salvation Army if they need help. Yowell says the police can make it easy for you.

"They may go to the police department and they'll just do a check on them very quickly, fill out the paperwork, and they'll bring them over. It's a wonderful relationship we have with the local police to make sure that our shelters stay safe," says Yowell.

Other shelters in the Valley also have room, including First Step and Mercy House. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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