With The Bitterly Cold Temperatures, Many People Heading To Shelters

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The bitter cold temperatures can be especially difficult for those who don't have a warm place to go home to. Shelters throughout Eastern Kentucky are opening their doors to those stuck out in the cold.

Betsy Adkins says her family had a home but they couldn't live there any longer.

"The sewer had run under the trailer and rotted out the vents," Adkins said.

But Adkins says her landlord wouldn't fix the heat and they had to leave their trailer after the cold became too much. The Adkins family found the Emergency Christian Ministries in Williamsburg.

The shelter's director says the shelter is filling up, but he still had room for one more family.

"We're here to help those people that have nowhere else to go," said Bill Woodward.

"I'm just thankful we're all nice and cozy and warm. You can turn the heat up," Adkins said.

Many homeless shelters have to split families up because of housing restrictions. Betsy Adkins is happy her family can still live together.

"Usually if you can't get your kids into a nice place to stay, your kids get separated from you. We're all together and that's what counts," Adkins said.

But most of all, Adkins is thankful that her family is not stuck in the bitter cold.

"It's a blessing to be here. It's warm. My family's warm and that means a whole lot," she said.

The director at Emergency Christian Ministries says while he can't house anymore families, he can house more people individually if they need to come in from the cold.

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