Temperatures Fall and Shelters Begin to Fill Up

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) The temperatures are dropping and some are left in the cold. One organization is helping to solve that.

Twila Lee, the Executive Director of the Mercy House, said the shelter is already at capacity .

"They helped us replace everything, you know clothes food. You know just everything, they really saved our life," said Kara Zirkle who is living at the Mercy House.

She found herself homeless after leaving what she calls a bad relationship. "And he kept the house. So I had just got out of the hospital and there was a protective order issued and I literally could not even go back there and get mine and my kids stuff at all," said Zirkle.

Lee says she has 25 families on a waiting list wanting to move into the shelter at any minute. With 12 units, space is limited but there are other ways they are looking to help families nearing homelessness this winter.

"If someone is about to be on the street and we can call their landlord and pay their arrearages and they can stay, then we do that," said Lee.

"If it's a need be situation, I would definitely recommend anyone to come here. Like I said, they've completely help me rebuild everything that I lost and then some," said Zirkle.

She says she has found housing in time for the holidays. Now she is looking for a job.

Twila Lee says she is receiving a lot phone calls from people near Northern valley shelters that are closed due to a bed bug problem.

People living in their cars are usually moved to the top of the waiting list for the Mercy House.

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