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Hope Center In Lexington Expects To See Big Increase At Emergency Shelter As Temperatures Plummet

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jan 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-19 19:50:47-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Hope Center in Lexington expects to see a large increase at their emergency shelter this weekend due to the big temperature change.

The center activated its winter weather policy on Friday, and they’re asking for extra donations.

They say no one is turned away from the Hope Center’s Emergency Men’s Shelter while the temperatures dip well-below freezing.

That’s why donations right now are so important.

“We saw this on channel 18, actually, and we thought today would be a great day to bring in everything that we had. We brought in those huge, big bags to make sure that they had them at least for tonight,” said Shaunte Wireman.

Wireman and her husband drove from Morgan County this morning to Lexington.

They make the drive a few times a year, but felt like today was imperative.

“We thought we’d bring down some blankets and quilts because it’s supposed to be really cold. I know the cold weather is coming in,” said Wireman.

With the activation of their cold weather plan, the number of Hope Center clients, could drastically increase.

They average about 180 men a night, but Friday night, they slept 206. They think that number will be even higher tonight.

“Listen, I would be so grateful if anyone brought in anything. I just couldn’t imagine being out in weather like this and no place to stay, or nothing to keep myself warm,” said Wireman.

Blankets and cold weather supplies are accepted at the center on Loudon Avenue