“I was in awe. It’s hard to believe all of this is happening.” Troubling times for homeless population in Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The number of people in need is only growing, but services offered across the Wabash Valley are becoming more limited.

Food is one of the three basic necessities, along with clothing and shelter. As Program Director at Bethany House, Danielle Elkins tries her best to provide all three. “We see an average of 78-140 people daily for lunch,” she said.

Those numbers are expected to rise. This as The Light House Mission plans to downsize. Announced on Monday morning, the non-profit will be closing their Wabash Avenue location.

“And to hear that their services aren’t going to be offered as much in this area, I think it’s going to be hurtful to the community,” said Elkins.

Bethany House also acts as a temporary home. Primarily for women, children and married couples. “A lot of them are victims of domestic abuse. This is more of a family facility. Here they would feel safer and comfortable,” explained Elkins.

The problem? They too are set to undergo renovations. Which could last anywhere from 60-90 days. “We are currently finding other locations for our residents to go as we speak,” said Elkins.

Accepting new tenants will be put on hold. Elkins worries troubling times for the homeless population could become even more troubling.

“I was in awe. I couldn’t believe at this time of the year this is happening,” she said.

Not wanting to leave people out in the cold, Elkins is asking for those in need to hold out hope. “We would love to help as soon as we can.”

It’s uncertain when renovations at Bethany House will begin.

The Light House Mission will be moving into the Conner’s Center over the next three weeks.

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