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Valley House Keeps The Homeless Warm


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Old Man Winter blew into Southern Idaho with a vengeance this weekend. Those bitter temperatures are sending homeless people scrambling for a warm place to sleep.

Valley House Homeless Shelter offers a hand up, not a hand out, and right now the need is great.

Valley House resident Tammy Norris says, "I come from Seattle. In thinking about a homeless shelter, I thought about a cot and a bowl of soup. So to have someplace like Valley House, where you have a roof over your head, and it's a comfortable place to stay, you feel safe."

In the last year, Valley House in Twin Falls has given more than 3400 homeless people a place to stay. That's up substantially over last year's total of 2,000 people.

Valley House Executive Director Sharon Breshears says, "You pull them in and you try to find a resource, whatever you need to do to get them out of the cold and get them where they need to be."

That help at Valley House includes providing everything from food boxes, to clothing, and gas vouchers, as well as giving them a place to stay at the shelter, or in a local motel.

Valley house can provide shelter for 70 people a night. Right now they're full up, and half of those people are children.

Norris says, "We see people choosing not to get help, and we just see it everywhere. Even here in the House, sometimes we get colds and stuff like that. But fortunately we have the resources to be able to get medical help, and stuff like that. So we feel pretty blessed."

Breshears says, "Valley House is here with our arms wide open for anyone who is needing any help. We're not going to turn anyone away."

If you need someplace warm to stay, call Valley House at (208) 734-7736. Or more importantly, if you'd like to help Valley House meet these needs, give them a call as well.

December 9, 2013.

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