Beacon of Hope prepares for the cold


WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Frigid temperatures are coming this weekend and shelters are expecting more people to need a warm place to sleep.

The Beacon of Hope is Winchester’s emergency shelter for men, women, and children.

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Right now, every bed is taken but a drop in program makes it possible for more people to stay for one night.

Anyone who needs immediate shelter can come in between midnight and 6am.

To accommodate, the shelter plans to add more cots.

Its limit is 85 people.

“Everybody needs to be loved, everybody needs a warm place to sleep, everybody needs to know people actually care about them,” said Michele Bradford, Beacon of Hope Founder/Director.

If the shelter experiences an overflow of people, they become desperate for donations.

The things they need the most include paper products and socks for men, women, and children.

“We know with extra people coming in it’s going to be an extra expense,” said Bradford.

If you’d like to make a donation or get more information about Beacon of Hope, click here.