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Overflow Shelters At Risk for Shutting Down

A longer cold season, a larger homeless population and less funding could shut down the overflow shelters altogether, according to Kitty Cancilla.
JANUARY 20, 2014- As the temperatures continue to drop, the area overflow shelters begin to fill up.
The overflow shelters rotate between six area churches and offer a warm place to stay and meals for the homeless.
But Kitty Cancilla, the Executive Director of Community Shelter Services says the overflow shelters are facing extra challenges this year.
A longer cold season, a larger homeless population and less funding could shut down the overflow shelters altogether, according to Kitty Cancilla.
Cancilla says the overflow shelters are in dire need of volunteers- especially at the overflow shelters hosted at smaller parishes.
Also, donations are essential.
Cancilla says food, bedding, winter boots and warm clothes are needed.
Cancilla says if you want to help out, call Community Shelter Services at 455-4369.
Tonight the overflow shelter is being hosted here at Saint John's Lutheran Church on West 22nd and Peach Street from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
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