Dayton homeless shelters prepare for sub-zero wind chill

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Sub-zero temperatures are a challenge for us all, but imagine not having a home to go to.

In the past three days, St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelters has taken in in 350 people.

This September, the shelter took in a record number of homeless children. Shelter officials are now worried about freezing weather, numbers could climb.

St. Vincent won’t refuse anyone in the type of weather the Miami Valley saw this week. Even if someone caused trouble in the past at the shelter, they won’t be turned away. Instead, that person will be segregated from the rest of the population.

The executive director, David Bohardt says it’s a part of their mission.

“We never say no. If a person finds themselves in trouble and they don’t know where to go or they have been kicked out whatever difficulty they are having, they need to come down here to Apple St. right on the edge of downtown,” he said.

The shelter is in need of twin bed sheets and diapers. For their wish list and volunteer opportunities, click here.

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