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Wheeler Mission prepares for increased population as temps decrease



Indianapolis, Indiana – The number of persons in need of refuge at Wheeler Mission increased from 650 to 700 in November to 800 as December rolled around and the weather dropped.

“We all see it right, cost of eggs, cost of everything, cost of a meal, anywhere you go, that affects not only Wheeler Mission but it affects our guests,” said Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Wheeler, Brian Crispin.

Wheeler offers long-term housing for persons who are struggling with addiction, unemployment, or other problems. It aids locals in regaining their footing and locating stable housing and work.

“I got a job at Target, and things seemed to be going fine for a little while, then the pandemic hit, with all the strain going on, and the situation sort of fell apart,” said Alex King, who was homeless before arriving at Wheeler in June.

No matter their financial status, everyone who cannot find a home is welcome at Wheeler. A nice supper and a shower will be provided for them.

“Once the weather stabilizes we could get up to 900, even a thousand people a night, but we’re ready for that, it does put a strain on our resources, our facilities,” Crispin said.

Mats are also supplied in case the shelter fills to capacity. Donations of money, clothing and toiletries are also needed for Wheeler.

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