Safe Harbor in Traverse City has given people experiencing homelessness a safe place to sleep for years.
With such a high demand right now, and winter weather creating dangerous conditions, Safe Harbor extended their hours to be open during the day on weekends.
They say they are seeing a big increase compared to past years. Usually this time a year they have 50 to 60 guests, but now they’re averaging 70 a night.
Brad Gerlach, the operations director, says the numbers are random. “Some of our warmest nights are our busiest nights. Some of the coldest nights of the season have been some of our lowest visit numbers.”
Volunteers and donors are a key part in keeping Safe Harbor’s doors open.
They are only one of two shelters in the Traverse City area.