Shelters Seeing More People Than Usual

MEDFORD, Ore. — Temperatures are expected to dip into the low 20’s Sunday night and one Medford shelter is opening it’s doors to anyone who needs a warm place to stay.

Officials with the Medford Gospel Mission said they took in about a dozen men after 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. Officials said often times people think they can continue to camp and endure the cold. When temperatures drop below freezing, more and more people come throughout he doors.

“We’re feeling that it’s probably going to be cold throughout at least the end of March. Because of that we’re expecting for people to come in after 9:30 at night,” said Medford Gospel Mission Associate Director Jason Bull.

On a normal night, the Medford Gospel Mission will see about 70 men spend the night. Last week, however, the average was been closer to 90.