Helping the homeless

Local - 1/4/2014 6:12 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY - A homeless shelter in Raleigh Co. is nearing max capacity as the arctic air overwhelms Southern West Virginia, and Beckley community members are doing their part to help out.

Billie Meador is Director of Homeless Services at Pine Haven shelter in Beckley. She says it’s difficult for everyone, but especially the homeless.

“It’s going to be hard for anybody to survive. So if you need a place to come, the building is warm, we can offer you a bed, three meals a day… It's better safe than sorry.”

Pine Haven shelter is packed with homeless folks just trying to survive, but with just 150 beds, space is limited, especially during the winter rush. The shelter offers warmth, food, but more importantly: hope.

James Robert is a resident at Pine Haven, and he tells Newswatch it’s the best place for him, “Right now I'm stranded... I'd rather be here than at my own house.”

Juan Isom is in the similar position, “I'd probably still be out there running the streets. You know, not having a life. Just still trying to make it.”

Randy Mann is Pastor of Grace Chapel Church, and he has a mission to turn lives around by reaching out, and he is issuing a challenge to the community.

“Reach out and help somebody. Make 2014 the year that you volunteer to help somebody else and make their life better.”


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