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Published September 19, 2012, 09:56 PM

Area shelters prepare for record winter numbers

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - With the cold nights quickly approaching, area shelters are already gearing up for a record winter.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - With the cold nights quickly approaching, area shelters are already gearing up for a record winter.

Just this summer, Churches United averaged 75 people a night, that's 10 more than capacity.

The shelter turned away an average of eight people per night.

On top of that, the shelter has already handed out more than 30,000 more meals than it did at this time last year.

Officials haven't seen an increase over summer numbers quite yet, but anticipate it will come very soon.

John Roberts, Churches United Director: “We'll open our doors to overflow, right now we're doing it for women and families, but we'll do it for men when we're consistently below 32 degrees.”

The sheltering churches program that housed the overflow crowd last year, will kick-off a month earlier this winter, starting December 1st and running through March 31st.

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