After seeing a need to help the homeless population in Berkeley Springs, local churches, businesses and volunteers have come together to create the Homeless Coalition.
“The nearest shelter was in Martinsburg or Hagerstown, and persons would be unwilling to go there for a number of reasons. You know, (they have) trouble getting to shelters 30 to 40 minutes away,” said Douglas Hoffman, Pastor in Morgan County.
The Morgan County Homeless Coalition will be geared toward providing temporary assistance to the homeless during winter months by providing overnight shelter when the temperatures drop.
“You see the activity in the evening, where you know that there are people that don’t have a place to go for the night, especially during the cold winter months,” said Lynn Perry, Sponsor, Coldwell Banker.
Last year, it was reported that there were at least 1,400 homeless people living in Morgan County, according to the West Virginia Department of Health. With growing numbers, officials believe this organization is needed now more than ever.
“In the winter, we don’t want to see people out in the cold. We don’t want to see them freezing. So, having that shelter is important,” said Audrey Morris, Morgan County Starting Point.
The Homeless Coalition is expected to start serving the community in December 2017.
To become a volunteer, members will be meeting on Aug. 14 at the Country Inn.