Shelter Staying Open

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 1/27 12:10 am

Despite Sunday’s warm-up, the recent cold weather is overcrowding emergency shelters in Fayette County.

The Community Action Council saw the need for more shelter space late last week.

In a few hours, the Community Action Council opened another emergency shelter Friday night with help from the Red Cross.

It was suppose to close Monday morning but with another wave of dangerous temperatures coming, the doors are staying open.

“People are just coming out and just showing a generous amount of support to help our brothers and sisters who sometimes don't have a place to call home,” said Malcolm Ratchford, executive director for the Community Action Center.

“Oh it has been cold,” said Otis Webb Sr. who has been staying at the Community Action Center since it opened Friday. “Trying to stay warm, trying to stay warm but coming here has been a blessing.”

Otis is one of about 30 people staying at this shelter.

Like other area shelters, it is now at full capacity but the Community Action Council says it won’t turn anyone away.

“We just want to try and make sure we're here and we'll do whatever we can to make sure people aren't out there in the elements of the cold,” said Ratchford.

The shelter was only supposed to be open through the weekend but with the weather bringing another round of cold, it’s staying open until 7:30 Thursday morning.

“We're just trying to make this time a good time and a special time while we have it here,” said Ratchford.

The Community Action Council says it still needs donations of: socks, trash bags, gloves and personal hygiene items.

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