Winter Weather Brings Influx Of People To Gospel Mission

The Medford Gospel Mission had six new people check in over the course of 24 hours and a few over the weekend due to cold temperatures and snow.

Posted: Feb. 22, 2018 1:41 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford Gospel Mission had six new people check in over the course of 24 hours and a few over the weekend due to cold temperatures and snow.

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Executive Director Jason Bull said anytime the temperature drops below 32 degrees, the shelter's population goes up by about 10 percent.

"Typically we see an influx of five or six people a day especially if the weather is going to stay cold for an extended period of time, which it seems like it will. We're going to have a couple of cold weeks and so we'll be very busy around here during that time," Bull said.

He said if you know someone camping out in this dangerous weather, send them their way.

"The best time to come in is typically Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. because we have employees here that are ready to welcome them in and take them through the intake process and help them identify some of the challenges that they face to move forward," Bull said.

The shelter has 150 volunteers who work through challenges with people at the shelter.

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