In its first week, a church-based Butler County homeless program saw six women — more than it had in some of its entire years — needing housing services, said one of the coordinators.
Serving Homeless Alternate Housing Of Middletown (SHALOM) also saw an increase in the total number of clients it served in its initial week, said coordinator Bill Fugate.
He had no answers for why more women were at SHALOM the first week.
Spring Hill Church of Christ served the homeless last week. This week, the guests will relocate to Yankee Road Church of God.
Fugate said SHALOM served 16 guests its first week. That total included six males, six females and four children. There are two single mothers who both have two children with them, he said. One mother has 9-year-old twins and the other mother has a 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
SHALOM, in its 16th year, runs through March 11.
Intakes are conducted every day from 4 to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St. Then a van transports the homeless to a different host church where volunteers provide a dinner and breakfast and lodging. Every morning the homeless are transported back to the SHALOM office.