Mission ready for overflow during deep freeze

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – When temperatures drop below zero some Mahoning Valley residents have a hard time finding a warm place to stay at night.

The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning is near capacity with less than five beds available. However, no one will be turned away and volunteers have pulled out cots to make room for any extra people who may need to stay there.

The rescue mission also provides three warm meals a day to residents.

“We’ve got sleeping bags. If we have to, we will put people in the conference room or in the chapel. We will not turn anyone away,” said Terrance Richards, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

Even with the mission services available, there are still some who will not take advantage of the shelter.

At tent city near the Mahoning River where many homeless stay, there is evidence that some have chosen to brave the elements, but many more are taking shelter at the mission.

According to health professionals at Mercy Health, hypothermia is always a concern when temperatures are sub-zero.

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