The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 6, 2013

Joplin homeless shelters experience increased demand

JOPLIN, Mo. — Operators of Souls Harbor Mission and Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission on Friday said they were experiencing an increased demand related to the cold and snow.

The Joplin Salvation Army planned to keep its lobby and gym open extra hours Friday night.

James Whitford, executive director at Watered Gardens, on Friday said the men’s shelter was full and two beds were available in the newly opened women’s shelter, which has 10 beds. There is a waiting list, he said.

“We won’t be able to help everyone,” Whitford said.


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