YAKIMA, Wash -- 80 volunteers from Yakima's winter homeless shelters were honored today.
The two shelters were staffed by volunteers who donated close to twelve thousand hours of their time this winter. Today a reception was held in their honor.
But volunteers say their work can't stop with warmer weather. Members of the Homeless Network of Yakima County say there are several hundred permanent homeless men and women in the Yakima valley.
"The number seem to be growing," said Deloris Roller, one of the volunteer. "They are not only homeless without a place to sleep, they are also hungry and cold."
The network, which includes churches and volunteers, is trying to build several permanent shelters. They are working with local city and county officials, and hope to have the shelters open next year.