Cold weather pushes local shelters to capacity

Several people take shelter at Degage Ministries during extremely cold winter. (Feb. 26, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Degage Ministries is at maximum capacity as more people are seeking shelter during the dangerously cold weather.

Marge Palmerlee, the executive director of Degage Ministries, said they expanded their hours this winter to meet the demand.

The agency is now open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week, allowing people to stay warm in their community room during the afternoon hours in between meals.

Palmerlee said Degage is in need of cold weather gear donations, especially long underwear, hand warmers and gloves.

“We could use a lot more warm gloves,” Palmerlee said. “I was talking to someone who had frostbitten fingers because his gloves had gotten wet.”

If you would like to make a donation you can drop off gloves or other items at Degage Ministries, located at 144 South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.

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