Helena homeless shelter hits overcapacity due to weather, seeking donations

Posted at 6:10 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 22:12:09-05

HELENA – Freezing temperatures in Lewis and Clark County have made God’s Love homeless shelter at overcapacity and stressed its resources.

Director David Miller says they’ve had to house more than 32 people recently, including 12 juveniles. Some people have had to sleep on the floor. Miller says the shelter needs donations of blankets, towels and pillows.

Miller says even with resources stretched thin the shelter won’t turn anyone away.

“We are not only housing the homeless, but we serve 70 percent of the community, providing them with food, laundry, showers, clothes. The donations that come in predominately go out to people in places that do have places to live, they just can’t afford to get new clothes, soap. Thanks to the donations, we are able to give it all out for free,” said Miller.

When asked how much day on average it costs to feed those coming to God’s Love, Miller stated, “I think it would be a couple hundred a day. Most of our food comes from donations so it’s mostly heat and electric bills that are the big ones.”

Donations of winter clothes, blankets, pillows and towels are on high in-demand at God’s Love and would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to donate or volunteer, call God’s Love at (406) 442-7000.

Reporting by Christine Sullivan for MTN News