Assistance in the Cold

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

With temperatures dipping down close to the freezing mark, homeless people in the Valley are seeking shelter to stay protected.

Beverly Robinson works at the Valley Mission and she says the number of homeless people in the city seems to be on the rise.

"The loss of jobs, the unemployment rate and I think we have a lot of folks who are just down on their luck,” says Robinson.

Robinson says if they can't get into a shelter, these people often sleep in Gypsy Hill Park or in other areas of the city. Salvation Army Capt. David May says it's easy for many to overlook the problem.

"Even though the weather's getting a little colder now, which might increase the awareness or visibility of our homeless population," says May. "That population exists in our community throughout the year.”

May and Robinson agree the problem is big and getting bigger. With the mission being the only shelter in the Augusta County area, people are literally shuttled to other parts of the state just to find them a warm place to stay.

"We get folks from as far as Front Royal, Virginia," says Robinson. "People are calling here a lot from other areas, Roanoke, Front Royal, Charlottesville, and sometimes we have to send them to those areas."


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