MUNCIE — The Muncie Mission is a popular place.
It's operating at capacity and with colder weather settling in, demand for beds is likely to grow.
It has already doubled in recent weeks.
"Never in the 88-year history of the mission have we had an increase like this," Frank Baldwin, president of the Muncie Mission, said.
Baldwin calls it a puzzling situation because, up until recently, winter weather had been on the mild side.
There are 62 beds for homeless men in the emergency shelter which opens at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and is available all day on weekends.
Dinner and breakfast are served at the mission and a free community lunch is available.
Baldwin says the shelter never wants to turn away a person in need, so there are contingencies to deal with a full house.
Fold up mattresses are placed in hallways and in a community room.
The mission, which is funded through private donations, could use some financial help to purchase mattresses and other supplies.
Donation information is available at: www.munciemission.org or on the mission's Facebook page.
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