Homeless shelters in the Miami Valley brace for the chill and hope for volunteers

Homeless shelters in the Miami Valley brace for the chill and hope for volunteers. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) -- The biting chill is causing the homeless across the Miami Valley to seek help. More than 800 people sought shelter Wednesday night in Dayton alone.

Shelters in Greene County are also seeing a rise in people staying the night. Amber Ward considers herself one of the lucky ones.

“It's made me stressed out, like just not knowing,” Ward said.

Her family was staying in a motel, and moments from living on the street, when they were accepted into the Schneider House of Hope in Xenia.

“Well, I wouldn't know what to do? We were out of all our options,” Ward said of her husband and four children.

“We get a family that's maybe a week away from eviction or something like that,” said Bill Mallernee with Schneider House of Hope, “We look at each family and each situation as it comes along.”

Schneider House only accepts families, and can house up to ten of them, but they are fielding calls from single people looking for help.

“We have kind of become a hub, so I told them about Simon Kenton,” Mallernee said.

Just a few weeks young, Simon Kenton Bridges of Hope in Xenia is seeing more people arrive from the cold, and they are already running low on supplies.

“Thermal underwear, warm socks, heavy coats,” shelter Vice-President Marlene Labig listed.

She is hurting because she can only open the shelter at night, unless they can get more volunteers to open the shelter 24/7.

“Especially this morning, telling them it was time to leave, and going out the door knowing what they are facing,” Labig said.

Those looking to volunteer for Simon Kenton Bridges of Hope are asked to call 937-867-4073.

In Montgomery County, St. Vincent de Paul shelters are working around the clock, and seeing hundreds of people show up.

“Normally we process you into our program, but when weather is this bad anyone can walk in, and we will give you a warm place,” St. Vincent de Paul representative Adak Wik said.

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