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Hope Harbor to help those in need during winter weather

Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 9:51 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The recent wave of winter weather has brought more people into places like Hope Harbor in Grand Island.

The staff said they typically see an increase when it’s too cold to stay outside or sleep in a car, but Hope Harbor isn’t only for people who are homeless.

They also have resources to help anyone who is struggling during this time. They ask the community members to keep an eye on their neighbors and refer those in need to them.

“We really rely on local community members, teachers, social workers, really anybody out there who suspects maybe there’s a home that’s not adequately heated for them or their family that they reach out to us and send people our way,” Executive Director Liz Mayfield said. “We want to make sure people are safe and warm.”

Even if you don’t want to stay in one of their shelters, Hope Harbor can help get you in touch with a different agency that can help keep you comfortable where you are.

“A lot of times people can be really scared to reach out for help, the first time especially,” Mayfield said. “If you’re in a place that’s not safe and worried about your safety or your family’s safety, you should reach out. There may be a program we can introduce you to to make sure your house is safe or we can potentially bring you into shelter.”

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