PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Mission Outreach in Paragould is always willing able to serve those who need help, but as the temperatures turn bitterly cold, they see a uptick in the homeless population during the cold months.
Case manager Cheri Peters said the shelter currently holds 40 residents and 16 children, but they're expected to reach maximum capacity within a few days. Peters said on Thursday night, they fed over 130 people as they've provided shelter and utility assistance to families who've received standoff notices.
She also said the organization received a grant earlier in the year that provided them with a central heating unit, but with even this, it's difficult for the homeless this time of year.
"It is a very stressful, emotional time at the mission because there are so many in need," Peters said. "We have various phone calls today from Craighead and surrounding counties of people hitting shelter."
Peters mentioned that she is humbled, blessed and grateful to be working in a giving community because without contributions, they wouldn't be able to help those in need.
She encourages anyone who needs help to give them a call at (870) 236-8080.
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