Local domestic violence shelter forced to turn away victims

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Many of our viewers are offering help after a story that aired Wednesday night.

A mother and her son were found late Tuesday night on the streets of Kansas City, cold and without a home to stay.

The pair, a victim of abuse, had left her home but found all the shelters full.

"It was horrible," the mother said. "It was freezing and he really hadn't had that much sleep."

It wasn't until Jolene Robinson saw the mom and her son on the streets before giving them a place to stay – for one night at least.

"You're telling me you can't make room for two more people?" Robinson said. "You know it was getting very frustrating because it's cold outside."

The pair has been put up in a shelter as of Thursday.

Meanwhile, 41 Action News reached out to Hope House, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in Missouri.

They said with 122 beds, they are usually always at full capacity.

So far in 2013, the shelter has had to turn away 1,604 victims because they had no room.

"It is really hard being the one who answers the phone and then realizing that you have no bed space, calling around and realizing that there is not a bed in the community," Hope House's Chief Operating Officer Ilene Shehan said. We safety plan with the victims to try and see if there is a family or a friend that can keep them safe and sometimes we have had women go in police lobbies, in the ER and wait until we can get a bed space available."

If you need help, you can call 816-HOTLINE 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can fine more information about available shelters here: http://bit.ly/1asMPN0

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