Butler County shelter packed To capacity

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - The lines are long at the Hope House Shelter Mission in Middletown.

"It's somewhere warm and safe for my family," said Malinda Pearson who stays at the shelter.

Pearson brought her two young girls along with her husband -- they join dozens of others desperate to escape the cold.

"People that are out in the cold can come in and stay in, because of the weather," Pearson said.

"It's also nice to have a warm place because it's really cold out now," said Gary Frazier.

Mitchell Foster runs the shelter, and he says they've had to turn more than 100 people away in November alone.

"Since the cold weather has came it has really increased our capacity, we're usually able to house about 50, we're almost up to about 70  people now," Frazier said.

They serve three meals a day and provide rooms for women and children and have a separate wing for the men,  since the cold snap they've had to improvise to increase capacity because of the cold.

"We've put out mats to accommodate the men and we've used our family room where our women and children go to accommodate the female residents," Foster said.

And for many it's a rescue that comes right on time.

"It's definitely nice to be in a safe warm environment," Frazier said.

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