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Cold Weather Brings More People To Charleston Shelters

Reported: Jan. 3, 2014 1:04 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 1:40 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) – The cold weather is bringing in a lot of foot traffic at Charleston shelters.

The Union Mission has seen an uptick in the amount of people needing help, especially during the winter months. Rex Whiteman, president and chief executive officer of the Union Mission, said people are showing up for shelter just about every day.

Whiteman attributed the cold weather and the economy for the increase of people showing up at Crossroads (a shelter for men) and Brookside Women's and Family Shelter.

Several of the women staying at Brookside said they would still be living a life of hardship had the shelter not opened its doors to them.

"It's helped me grow," said Martha Rader, who has been staying at the shelter since last August. "I learned a lot about myself and it's helped me repair me and my daughter's relationship. It's given me a completely second lease on life."

Brooke Buchanan, a resident of the shelter for the last five months, said if she "was not here I would still be in prison. So I came from prison. It's definitely helped me out."

The Union Mission is still tallying the number of people that were given shelter last year. Brookside Women's and Family Shelter currently has rooms available for women in need.



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