CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – From October through November, the Wyoming Rescue Mission saw a 43% increase in the number of people searching for hot meals. This shocking statistic is one the Mission is trying to solve.
“It’s amazing and we’ve seen an increase over the past two months,” said Jenny Stedillie, WRM’s Marketing and Events Coordinator.
During the month of October, the mission saw various reasons for homelessness. 33 percent are there due to work-related issues, 31 percent due to drug addiction and 11 percent due to mental illness.
“We don’t expect to see a decrease in the number of people needing our services,” Stedillie said.
The mission served approximately 350 Thanksgiving meals this year. Kitchen staff and volunteers kept busy with the overwhelming numbers, taking turns serving the meal.
“The need is so present in this community. People are hungry and need the services we provide, ”said Stedillie.
These services can range from hot meals and accommodations to recovery assistance. A woman says that when she was put in dire straits, the Mission saved her life.
“Just having and knowing that they are available and so readily available is such a relief to know that there is help out there,” said Crissy Woodward, member of the Discipleship Recovery Program.
And that support is what Woodward says most importantly.
“When I leave here, I will have4 the resources I need to be successful and be able to move on in my life and do better things,” said Woodward.
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