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Rescue Mission gearing up for near record cold temps

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The winter weather has driven an unusually high number of people to seek shelter.

The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley has been operating at near full capacity since mid November.

In anticipation of next week's colder temperatures, they say they will do all they can to make space.

"We will provide space for someone to get out of the cold. Can't guarantee a bed, can't guarantee a sleeping space, but we can give them a warm place to stay and hot food," said Ron Starcher from the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

Those in need are encouraged to call the 2-1-1 help hotline. The hotline works with area shelters to find available space and in some circumstances provide transportation.

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