As temperatures plunge this week, shelters in Monroe County are taking in more people in need of food and a warm place to sleep. The Interfaith Winter Shelter in Bloomington recently expanded its facilities to prepare for increased traffic during the winter months.
Nicole Thomas is the Program Director at the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children, which works closely with Interfaith Winter Shelter. She says the women’s shelter she runs has doubled the beds in the facility.
“We recently increased our capacity in preparation for wintertime … expecting the uptick,” Thomas says. “So just about mid-October we increased from ten to accommodate up to twenty.”
She says the men’s Interfaith Winter Shelter has grown to take in more people too, with 120 beds now available at the facility.
Thomas says they’ve seen increased need for shelter with the recent cold snap, but have enough volunteers and donations to meet the needs of the individuals they serve.