Clark County shelter makes extra room to keep people from the cold

Published: Jan. 2, 2018 at 10:50 PM EST
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At the Beacon of Hope in Winchester, their door is always open. They provide a hot meal and shelter to people in need.

With about 70 people staying at the shelter right now, they are near capacity. However, they are making extra room with the extreme temperatures.

"We try not to turn anybody away," said President/Founder Michele Bradford. "We do our best not to turn anybody away."

While they cannot guarantee everyone a place to stay at the shelter long-term due to lack of beds, Bradford said anyone who comes to the shelter before 12:30 a.m. and needs a place to sleep can do so for the night. She said they will provide a cot and blankets until 6 a.m.

Bradford said providing shelter is sometimes just the beginning. She said it helps open the door to connect people with resources to help get them back on their feet.

"I think it gives people hope, honestly," she said. "There is something out there that wants to see you succeed. When you walk in the door, I tell you this is the first day of your new life."

The shelter operates on donations. They could use money right now to help pay bills and also blankets and pillows to give people during the cold.

Beacon of Hope is located at 850 Bypass Rd, Winchester, KY 40391.