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Cold Nights Have Homeless Shelters Packed

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Homeless shelters are booked up as eastern Kentucky deals with another frigid night.

WYMT's Julie Maloney spoke with several people at a Williamsburg homeless shelter who say that they've spent many cold nights living out of their cars with no food or blankets.

But now they're safe thanks to a helping hand.

It's been a bumpy road for Mark Roa, who first came to the Emergency
Christian Ministry seven years ago when he was living out of his car.

"I picked myself up and I fell back down, picked myself up and fell down. But by the grace of God, I'm back again," Roa said.

After years away, Roa came back to the shelter in September weighing only one-hundred-fourteen pounds.

"I got back on drugs and alcohol. I wasn't bettering myself. Whipping a dead horse sort of speak," Roa said.

But in the past five months, Roa says he's cleaned up his act.

Now he's working to help others like Shirley Alexander who also lived out of her car for nineteen weeks.

"That was my biggest thing on my mind was the winter coming," Alexander said.

Mark Slone, who says this shelter became his home on Christmas Eve.

"I didn't know where I was going. I was stranded in London and didn't have a clue where I was going to stay," Slone said.

Both Slone and Alexander say they're lucky to have a place to stay.

Right now there are a little more than thirty people staying at the
Emergency Christian Ministry in Williamsburg.

The shelter is open 24-hours a day...so on nights like tonight anyone can go to there to stay warm and get something to eat.


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