MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – As the temperatures go up, so do the number of people needing assistance at Street Reach Ministries.
"It's horrible. It's like being lost and having nowhere to go and you don't know anybody," said Jermaine Smalls, a 15-month resident. "You can't run from the heat."
Resident Director Will Wooden says last year the non-profit averaged 77 percent occupancy. It's a different story in 2010.
"We're running at 100 percent capacity now in the summer," Wooden said.
He says the reason for the increase has to do with a combination of more people coming here to escape the Gulf oil spill, the heat and the economy.
"For whatever reason, they feel there's a lot of economic opportunity here for jobs," he said.
But Wooden says contributions are low and expenses are higher. Street Reach Ministries depends on community donations.
"When this place get's overcrowded, it's hard for the Street Reach to actually turn people away," said Smalls.
Wooden says it could happen. Right now, staff is in need of disposable items like paper plates and plastic cutlery for the 8,000 meals served monthly.
In order for that to continue, Wooden says it's going to take the public's help. If you would like to donate, you can call Street Reach ministries at 843-626-3643.