Organization seeks more space for the homeless

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

After braving Saturdays freezing temps, a local homeless shelter hopes more organizations will open their doors.

When temperatures dropped below freezing, more and more homeless people turned to the Salvation Army in Jonesboro for a warm place to stay.
With so many people living on the streets, there is not enough space when the weather gets too cold.
On Saturday evening the few shelters in Jonesboro were full, including the Salvation Army.
They filled up quickly having to pull extra bedding out to house more people. They even opened up additional space across the street at their church while others were filled to capacity.
Lieutenant Curtis Sadler with the Salvation Army said the community needs to work together to create more available space and help for the homeless.

A lot of this has to do with the mental illness, Sadler said. They arent able to function on their own. We are having trouble finding people to assist in that need. You know, make it a priority to help those folks. We do the best we can to help them. I know there are some churches who are trying to start a homeless shelter, so I pray that gets going.

Sadler said the Salvation Army has the space to expand; however, they do not have the money to.
He said if community members are not able to open doors to the homeless, they can donate to the Salvation Army to build funding for expansion.
Sadler told Region 8 News he is also a member of the Jonesboro Homeless Task Force. He said the city plans to open a homeless center next month. That facility will gear them towards getting back on their feet and off the streets. 

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