With the temperatures plummeting into the single digits and the wind chills below zero, the People’s City Mission is seeing a huge spike in the number of people seeking emergency shelter.
In fact, the People’s City Mission served a record number of people last night. The Mission surpassed the previous record of 378 set this July last night when it sheltered 390 men, women and children. And with the five day weather forecast calling for several more days of extremely cold nights, Lincoln’s less fortunate are encouraged to turn to the People’s City Mission to escape overexposure to the harsh elements.
In more detail this increase has seen the family shelter (women’s and children’s housing) become 10% over capacity and the men’s emergency shelter to become 55% over capacity as of Tuesday evening. But with weather reports calling for continued cold weather, Pastor Tom Barber, the Mission’s Executive Director, is urging for the communities support in encouraging and supporting all remaining homeless people to seek shelter.
“We want to make sure we get everyone that is facing sleeping outside in these horribly cold nights inside. It is a tight fit right now at the Mission with all the people we already have here, but we will find the room. “
The People’s City Mission is asking for community members to strongly encourage anyone that needs emergency shelter to check into the Mission at 110 Q Street.
Pastor Tom Barber said, “While we continue to struggle to financially to support the homeless population we already have at the Mission, as long as our doors are open we will always make room for those in need. We will not leave anyone out in the cold.”
During this extreme winter weather, the Mission services for guests have expanded drastically. And because guests who would normally be at work or outside of the Mission during the day are forced to stay indoors the meal count has increased. The Mission has needed to increase staffing to be able to facilitate the additional guests as well. This influx along with the current economic downturn has put a financial strain on the Mission.
People’s City Mission houses over ninety percent of Lincoln’s homeless and has served the Lincoln community since 1907. For more information or to speak to someone about how you can support the People’s City Mission please call (402) 475-1303.