Middletown shelter could close; desperate for donations

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - It's a place people go when they have no where else to turn.
"I come here and eat lunch, like I said there's a lot of people around here that don't have no where to go or eat," said Charles Smith of Middletown.
That's why they come to the Heart-N-Soul mission in Middletown, a day shelter where they can get a meal or simply have a safe place to stay.
"We're up to 100 people a day feeding," said Rev. Delores Benton, who runs the shelter.
The shelter is now close to closing --they were faced with an eviction notice after being $2,000 short on the rent, they were able to quickly come up with cash through a fundraiser, but they're not out of the woods just yet.
"We have until  [April16th] to come up with $1000 for the gas and electric, and I don't have it, I get no paycheck, I do this out of the goodness of my heart," Benton said.
Those who depend on the mission every single day say if it were to close, they would be forced back on the streets.
"I would hate to see it close," Smith said.
"If we lose this, you know, it's going to hurt," said Julia Schroeder, a volunteer at the mission.
Benton says they're praying for any donations to keep their doors open.
"The people that we help can't help us, so it takes a community," Benton said.
Three pennies or $300, anything," Schroeder said.
The mission is having a car wash fundraiser Saturday, April 10  from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the McDonald's on North Verity Parkway in Middletown.
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