Demand for shelter in L.C. Valley continues to rise

LEWISTON, ID - The YWCA is asking for your help as the demand for sheltering the homeless in the community shows no signs of letting up.

According to YWCA Director of Operations Wendy Diessner, the center's demand has been increasingly high for the last four to five months leaving behind a waiting list that's at least nine spots long. The YWCA , with the help of Saint Vincent De Paul, Community Action Partnership, The Salvation Army and Family Promise of Lewis-Clark Valley relies solely on community donations to put people in motels, until there's a vacancy in the homeless shelter.

"We have had people sleeping out in the restroom and have had a lot of people asleep in their cars with children until they can find a place to stay, or they're living with friends or family that aren't in good situations," said Diessner.

Diessner said she's hopeful the public will continue with their generous donations and thanks the community for helping keep people off the streets with this months $13,000 contribution.