Inclenrock, a former police officer, said some who come to the church to eat or sleep are just lazy and don't want to work. Others have lost jobs or family, or both, and are just down on their luck. Whatever the situation, a helping hand is there.
But it can't continue without the funding.
"My electric bill last month was $1,500," he said. "Water runs from $350 to $400. It all adds up."
He said many folks hesitate to give money and want to donate goods instead because they have had bad experiences in the past with other organizations. They want to know where the assistance is going. Donors may choose to pay a utility bill instead of giving funds.
"Everyone has been burned," he said. "I will hand you a bill."
Without help he can't see the shelter remaining open past December.
"We are doing the community a service," he said. "When people are back on the streets with nowhere to go, they will break into a place to stay warm."
Over the past five years, the church has given 14,000 sheltered nights, prepared 200,000 hot meals and given away more than 500,000 pounds of food.
Donations are tax deductible. Checks may be made payable to Harvest Time Church of God. In the memo section, put the words "shelter" or "food" or "Operation Whosoever."
The mailing address is Harvest Time Church of God, 1704 Washington St. W., Charleston, W.Va. 25387. For more information call the pastor at 304-343-9332.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.