Homeless in the Cold

By: Abbie Schrader Email
By: Abbie Schrader Email

While we're busy getting back to work and shoveling driveways and sidewalks many work on just surviving the night.

With a big winter storm already barreling down everyone will be looking for both a hot meal and warm bed to stay in and the Salvation Army is getting ready, as it's expected to get much colder over the next few nights.

Every night of the year the Salvation Army provides dinner, a place to stay the night and breakfast for those who need it.

And with this year being particularly worse than others as far as the winter weather goes, many have been taking the Salvation Army up on its services.

At 4:30 every night dinner is served and check in is at 6:00, where records are checked and both a breathalyzer and drug test are given.

"We don't want to turn anyone away during these desperate times but at the same time we have to make sure we protect everyone who comes in the doors," says Lt. Eric Henry.

And of course that's not only the staff and volunteers but the children staying in the shelter as well.

Although there are 42 beds available they can expand as well into the gymnasium if needed.

Lieutenant Henry also says it varies every night how many people show up but he's definitely expecting an increase come Friday once the temperatures drop into the teens and even single digits the next couple of nights.


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