Shelters busy during dangerously cold winter

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Shelters around central Indiana have become overcrowded this winter as dangerously cold temperatures linger.

Good News Mission is known for serving homeless men. The mission is located on East Washington and Rural streets. During this winter’s subzero temperatures, the mission’s resources have been pushed to the max.

The mission is housing 160 men, but the building only holds 81 beds. Executive Director Dan Evans says that the mission is founded on biblical principles and that the mission doesn’t turn anyone away.

“Everything we do here we do so we can get the gospel out to the homeless in our community,” Evans said. “We want them to accept Christ as their Savior and then build on it.”

At night, the mission’s dining room and chapel are turned into bedrooms. The tables and chairs in the evening are broken down and replaced with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Some of the men even stretch out and sleep on some of the wooden pews inside the mission.

Those that live at the mission but have employment outside of the shelter give back monetarily. They give $2 back to the mission for every hour they work.

“They are giving back helping us with cost, and guys that don’t (have outside employment) give back by helping us with labor,” Evans said.

John Sanders doesn’t have outside employment, but he’s one of the mission’s chefs. When we met him he was preparing lunch for more than 50 men.

“I think that’s right, that’s what is said in the bible,” Sanders said.

Despite the help, the mission is running low on food, specifically cereal. So far during these winter months the mission gets an average heating bill of $5,000 to $7,000.

That’s why donations are greatly welcomed.

There is a thrift store just outside the mission. The money raised from items sold there goes back to the mission.

If you would like to help, you can drop off food, and or send money to the mission by calling 638-2862. Their address 2716 East Washington Street P.O. Box 1871 Indianapolis, IN 46201.

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