Charleston, South Carolina — As temperatures begin dropping in Charleston, the Holy City’s oldest charity is preparing to meet a higher demand for shelter.
“The number of homeless men seeking shelter with us increases in early Fall as they seek to avoid the cold,” said Dr. Marion Platt, Executive Director & Pastor of Star Gospel Mission. “As overnight temperatures begin dipping into the low 50s and 40s, people arrive at the Mission with little more than the shirts on their backs.”
Platt added that colder weather puts the homeless at higher risk. “A warm place to sleep helps them escape serious risk from respiratory problems, transmissible diseases, and even hypothermia. Many in our city’s homeless population also suffer with unaddressed mental health issues and chronic substance abuse. By preparing now, we’ll be better positioned to help them stay warm and get stable during Charleston’s cold and wet winter.”
The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates around 700 homeless and near-homeless individuals die of cold weather-related illnesses each year in the U.S. “It’s especially difficult for the homeless, right now” Platt explained. “Some come to the Mission because they want out of the cold, and others come hoping to escape bad situations. We want to be ready to warmly welcome them with shelter and long-term solutions for whatever’s happening in their lives.”
See a complete list of needed donations and where to bring them at stargospelmission.org/donate, or contact Star Gospel Mission at 843.722.2473, or email@example.com for more information.
Star Gospel Mission is Charleston’s oldest privately funded faith-based charity, providing shelter and transitional housing for formerly homeless men since 1906. For more information, visit http://www.stargospelmission.org.
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