Shelter to help women during cold months

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Austin's Place is getting ready to provide some space for the homeless.

The shelter is specifically for single women who need a place to spend their night during the cold. Organizers hope to open it as early as Dec.1, but they're having some difficulty making it happen.

"There's two overnight volunteers every night and the month has 30. So you're going to need 60 volunteers to cover that night," said Ruth Moore.

She's been volunteering for three years now and says within the last year, she's seen an increase in homelessness and it's hard for her to see this happen.

"Most people just don't have the time for that," she said. "They have jobs, they have families (and) they do what they can."

As of early November, the shelter has 49 returning volunteers and needs at least 11 more to open in December. If this does not happen within the next couple of weeks, the opening will push back to Dec.15.

Volunteer training is taught beforehand and Moore says it's a simple process and done in the same day.

Training Dates:

Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m.

Monday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m.

Training will take place at First United Methodist Church. Free parking is available behind the building and is accessible off of Hill Street.

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