Helping the Homeless as Temperatures Drop

By Megan Trent

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The number of people coming to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission for help has increased significantly as temperatures outside continue to drop.

Rev. Donovan Coley, the senior pastor and CEO of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, says in less than three weeks, the number of people seeking shelter and a hot meal has jumped by nearly 17 percent.

He says it's a trend staff at the Rescue Mission see every winter, but there is a plan in place.

"We're going to make adjustments to make sure there is room at the inn for anybody who comes, as long as they're not under the influence of alcohol or drugs," says Rev. Coley.

The Rescue Mission has added 15 cots in its emergency dorm. Some men may also be moved into other long-term programs offered through the Rescue Mission.

Rev. Coley says it all starts when someone comes in for a meal.

"We believe that hope begins with a meal," he says. "So, if we can connect with a gentleman when he is sitting and he is eating, then we can share with him that the Rescue Mission does a lot more than provide a warm meal. We also provide hope and we provide a great shelter as well."

On average, the Rescue Mission also helps about 70 women and children at its Charis House location.

For more information, go to http://www.therescuemission.net.

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